Today the Pope condemned the American-British attacks on Iraq, expressing concern for the harm this may do to relations between Christians and Muslims. I would remark two things. One, the Muslims have rejected Christ and, while we pray for goodwill between Christians and Muslims, we should pray in charity for the conversion of Islam through the intercessions of St. Pius V and all the saints. Two, since I was at the World Trade Center on September 11 in 2001 and have a more intimate knowledge of that event than the Vatican curia, I pray in the traditional Catholic way for the punishment of those involved in that crime against humanity and for the victory of the United States and Great Britain and their allies. I should also hope that the Holy See would add to the many apologies it has recently made for enormities committed by Catholics through the centuries, an apology for the comparison of President Bush to Pharoah made by a curial archbishop, and similar indiscretions.
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