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Quick, get me rewrite!

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Sep 15, 2006

Over at his Cafeteria is Closed blog, Gerald Augustinus refers to an AFP story on the Regensburg lecture as a "Moronic Column on the Pope." If you think he's being harsh, you probably haven't read that AFP story. It's hard to tell what's worst: the accuracy of the reporting, the logic of the analysis, or the plain old English usage. A few samples:

By unwittingly angering Muslims with his comments on Islam,...

Unwittingly? Wrong. The Pope knew exactly what he was doing. He didn't intend to anger anyone, but he did intend to make a point-- which eludes AFP.

Benedict railed Muslims ...

I think they mean he "riled" them.

Earlier this year, the German-born head of the Roman Catholic Church fell foul of Israel

I think they mean he "ran afoul" of Israel.

Given the diplomatic battle ahead to placate the Muslim world, the pope may wish to still have at his side Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the Vatican's top expert on Islam until Benedict controversially transferred him as papal nuncio to Cairo.

How did he transfer him? Oh, "controversially."

He is said to speak 10 languages, although the Italian press has commented on his German accent, and is an accomplished pianist.

Good to know that the Italian press can play the piano.

Say goodnight, Gracie.

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  • Posted by: sparch - Sep. 18, 2006 9:57 AM ET USA

    Let me get this straight. Our pope accuses the religion of Islam to be evil and attempting to spread the word of Islam by the sword (as described earlier). So muslims take to the streets, riot and have tried to destroy some Catholic churches (as of this writing) in order to secure .....what? Certainly not an apology which they would never accept. So the muslims took to the streets only to riot and cause harm. I think our pope speaks the truth.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 17, 2006 12:17 PM ET USA

    To our Muslim brothers: The truth hurts! Change your violent ways.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 16, 2006 7:53 PM ET USA

    "little regard for media management" Perhaps thats because the Holy Father doesn't have the temperament or acquired talents to shuffle priests from diocese to diocese while singing On Eagle's Wings.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Sep. 16, 2006 2:15 PM ET USA

    You are right Uncle D Benedict knew exactly what he was doing. It was in effect an invitation to come out of the shadows of the mosque and engage in public theological conversation. What do muslims believe about the nature of God and the teaching on holy war? He cut right to the bone of the war of cultures. Fr. James Schall, S. J. points out that we need to take islamic theology seriously. It seems Benedict does.

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Sep. 16, 2006 11:37 AM ET USA

    [clinging to theology and orthodoxy, the bookish Benedict has shown little regard for media management] Praise God!

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