what the man said
By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 13, 2006
Twice in the past week, the new director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, has told reporters that the Pope is not criticizing the Islamic faith. See today's CWN story for the latest instance in which the papal spokesman appears to be anxiously softening the Pontiff's words.
There are different strands of Islam, Father Lombardi said; some are non-violent.
Good. Now compare that with the words of Emperor Manuel II Paleologus, quoted by the Pope with obvious approval:
Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
OK, Father Lombardi, explain that away.
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