It seems unlikely that the Pope, in his recent remarks, deliberately sought to injure the generally flourishing world of Muslim-Christian dialogue. Since Benedict’s speech in Regensburg on 12th September, Rome has issued no fewer that four apologetic statements, a sign, surely, that the offence taken was not intended.
More troubling for Islam experts was the Vatican team’s evident failure to brief the pontiff. While his knowledge of Catholic doctrine is, unsurprisingly, profound, Muslim theologians have been puzzled by the numerous inaccuracies of his comments on Islam. One that caused distress as well as bewilderment was the claim that a particular…
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