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thank Allah or thank God?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 12, 2005

The kingdom of Jordan has donated $100,000 to the relief effort for victims of hurricane Katrina. That's wonderful.

The donation was made to the Archdiocese of Washington, which lies roughly 1,000 miles from the area where the hurricane struck. That's puzzling.

The donation was gratefully received by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. That figures.

Just about a month ago, when Jordan's King Abdullah spoke at Catholic University, Cardinal McCarrick was on hand to give the invocation, "In the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate God, we pray. Amen."

Now, as he presented the king's donation, the Jordanian ambassador recalled that during his speech at Catholic University, King Abdullah had remarked: "We are all in God’s hands."

The Catholic archbishop prayed to "Allah." The Muslim monarch acknowledged the sovereignty of "God." And just a few weeks later, the check cleared.

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  • Posted by: RC - Oct. 14, 2005 2:48 PM ET USA

    Big deal. The King entrusted the money to the highest-ranking Church official he met here. That doesn't sound too unusual to me, even if it seems terribly suspect to Uncle D.

  • Posted by: Fr. Walter - Oct. 13, 2005 7:53 PM ET USA

    As a priest who has served in DC, and has known plenty who served under his Eminence in Newark, he would pray in the name of Baal to get a 7, and sometimes 6 figure check. As one cleric explained to me, "Money talks and....", well, the rest is about something that walks.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 5:11 PM ET USA

    Does the dear Cardinal think that using 'Allah' might be reprehensible to the JEWS? What a tangled web....

  • Posted by: Novus744 - Oct. 13, 2005 1:54 PM ET USA

    Even better, Nichevo, try using the name "Our Father" in a muslim country. I can't even imagine the chaos that would result.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 10:33 AM ET USA

    Xerxes, I think he may have been making the point made by JPII that Muslims and Christians worship the same God (and Jews). You might say they worship the Father without understanding the Trinity. I should emphasize I am no fan of Card. mcC. At all.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 7:54 AM ET USA

    Try using the word God rather than Allah when praying in a Muslim country and see what happens. McCarrick has always been an opportunist.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 12, 2005 11:02 PM ET USA

    Great points, as always, Diogenes. Thanks for "Reason #1,749" for Pope Benedict XVi to accept Cardinal "jus' call me Teddy" McCarrick's retirement.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 12, 2005 10:22 PM ET USA

    I assume, then, that Pope Benedict XVI prays to Allah when before Muslims or Arabic Christians? Perhaps we can expect a letter on that?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2005 7:44 PM ET USA

    But Louise, Cardinal McCarrick was speaking in English. He used the Arabic word for a special effect-- which King Abdullah did not find necessary.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2005 6:14 PM ET USA

    I love you, Uncle D, but you're way off on this one. The word 'Allah' is not a name but merely Arabic for 'God'. When Arab Christians pray, they invoke 'Allah'.

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