Skip to comments.In Cairo the Lecture of Regensburg Is Relevant Again
Posted on 08/20/2013 7:59:38 PM PDT by marshmallow
Never has a pope been so clear and courageous in unveiling the roots of violence in Islam, before Benedict XVI. And not afterward, either. Two obligatory rereadings, to decipher the Egyptian crisis
ROME, August 20, 2013 In a few days many dozens of churches, convents, homes of Christians in Egypt have been attacked or burned. A tragedy within the tragedy, after the coup d'état that has plunged the nation of the Nile into a civil war with hundreds if not thousands of victims.
In covering the news of the numerous appeals for the cessation of violence, L'Osservatore Romano of August 18 did not, however, succeed in listing among these invocations even one from the Muslim world.
This public silence of the Islamic spiritual guides does not come as a surprise. It accompanies almost every act of political violence that sees Muslims in action, in one or another region of the globe.
It is a silence that is not explained by calculations of timeliness alone, or by the fear of retaliation. Nor by the fact alone that today in Egypt the greatest clash is between opposing Muslim factions, both of them determined to assert with force the precepts of Islam: because it is not only the Muslim Brotherhood of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi that has a conception of the political struggle as jihad, as holy war, but this is also held by its adversary, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the general placed at the head of the armed forces by Morsi himself because he was believed to be the most faithful Islamist of all.
In order to understand the ultimate root of the silence of Muslim spiritual leaders in the face of the explosion of violence of Islamic inspiration, one need do just one simple thing. It is enough to reread......
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Nice post. I enjoyed reading this longish article. The Pope was hugely misunderstood in my (Methodist) opinion.
Misunderstanding the Pope and devising all sorts of absurd misinterpretations to substitute for what he actually said is has been one of the media's favorite pass times since the sixties. Oddly enough, there is are a good many people who claim to be Christian who not only love to repeat whatever the media comes up with, they like to spin their interpretations as well.
The Regensburg speech is clear and straightforward to anyone who actually reads it through rather than skimming it for what they can use for their own ends. I'm glad you and others see that.