Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Nuncio to Egypt defends Pope against imam’s charges

Catholic World News - January 10, 2011

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, has issued a statement defending Pope Benedict against charges by the imam of al-Azhar Mosque that the Pontiff is interfering in the nation’s internal affairs.

Following a January 1 church bombing of a Coptic Orthodox church that left 21 dead, Ahmed al-Tayeb condemned the bombing and visited the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church to offer condolences. However, he also denounced Pope Benedict for calling upon civil authorities to protect Christians.

“I disagree with the Pope's view, and I ask why did the Pope not call for the protection of Muslims when they were subjected to killings in Iraq?” said al-Tayeb, who accused the Pontiff of “unacceptable interference in Egypt’s affairs.”

After reviewing recent statements by the Pope, Archbishop Fitzgerald said that “it is surely clear that he is not encouraging interference in the internal matters of any particular state, but that he is appealing to all, both individuals and governments, to respect the religious beliefs and practices of different communities and thus promote harmonious and peaceful societies.”

Before his appointment to Cairo, Archbishop Fitzgerald served as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1987 to 2002 and as president of the dicastery from 2002 to 2006.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($15,718 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,281.73
45% 55%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ 10 hours ago
From simple husband to ascetical priest 16 hours ago
St. Augustine's warning to pastors 17 hours ago
Side effects of the Pill? Oh, don't worry. September 17
Scotland demonstrates the provisional nature of sovereignty September 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - 10 hours ago