Pope Benedict’s Blunder
The Roman pontiff’s recent statement about Islam, and it’s connection with violence, was wrong headed for any number of reasons, not the least of which was his failure to acknowledge Christianity’s own blood stained history. No Christian leader is in any position to condemn the sins of other world ideologies without first confessing the evils of his or her own tradition, asking for forgiveness and entering into a long process of reconciliation.
Many Christians understand this. In fact, Pope John Paul II had begun this process of reconciliation with both Muslims and Jews. Not a few devout Catholics are far ahead of the Pope on this. Take a look at the pastoral letter to Benedict written by Sri Lankan priest, Tissa Balasuriya, and published here in June. “Benedict Rouse Yourself” could have been written as a direct rebuttal of the Pope’s recent comments about Islam.