Prof. Adel Theodor Khoury & Pope Benedict

I have read in the ENGLISH language converage that the German expert on Islam mentioned by the Pope during his Regensburg Address, Prof. Adel Theodor Khoury, distanced himself from the Pope’s remarks.  However, if you read the story, he didn’t do that.  Here is what he said to the "Reuters of Germany" the DPA:

«Ich hätte mir ein paar Worte der Differenzierung gewünscht. Zwei, drei Zeilen hätten viel bewirkt» …  "I would have wished for a few words of differentiation.  Two or three  lines would have accomplished a great deal." 
«Ein unkluges oder gar fahrlässiges Verhalten des Papstes kann ich nicht erkennen», … "I do not see any imprudent or reckless behavior on the Pope’s part."


So, the prof is saying that this might have been softened a bit had the Pope said a little bit more about that citation, but that he didn’t see any thing in the use of it, per se, as being thoughtless or negligent.  The professor even made the remark in that article that he himself has had to say at times that once upon a time people spoke in way that didn’t reflect his own point of view. 

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  1. Jon says:


    Here’s something totally off-topic for your post.

    I didn’t directly e-mail this to you because I’m not sure if you always get private e-mails. Feel free to move it or use it elsewhere.

    Anyway, it’s a link to a very interesting interview and question period with Monsignor Harbert over the new Novus Ordo translation. Fascinating stuff. Monsignor does virtually all of the talking and it lasts 38 minutes.

    A great Sunday for liturgical news. I stumbled on this, and of course there’s the further confirmation of the coming coming indult over at Rorate

  2. A says:

    From the AP wire today:

    NAIROBI, Kenya – A nun shot four times at the Somali hospital where she worked forgave her killers as she lay dying, colleagues said Monday in the wake of her slaying, which has focused attention on Islamic radicalism in the Horn of Africa.

    Sister Leonella, 65, muttered the words “I forgive, I forgive” in Italian after being shot by gunmen Sunday, the Rev. Maloba Wesonga told The Associated Press at a memorial Mass for the nun in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    Beati immaculati… There could not be a starker contrast.

  3. A: They shot her in the back. In the back. A woman working in a children’s hospital giving probably free care to their children more than likely provided through a Catholic missionary service in Italy.

    In the back.

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