It looks like the new Pope isn’t quite the expert at Middle East relations that Pope John Paul II was. I don’t fault him. It’s difficult to score points with the rest of the world by supporting the Palestinian terrorists, and at the same time maintain a dialog with the victims of their terrorism. Perhaps the truth would work better for him next time. If that’s too hard, read the Bible.
“I will bless those who bless you [Israel], and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
This quote in particular is an example of how the Vatican views Islamic terrorism:
Speaking to reporters Monday at his vacation retreat in Les Combes, Italy, Benedict said he did not see an anti-Christian motive in the recent wave of terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, attributing them instead to “a much more general intention.”
Much like the MSM, the Vatican is eager to defend “The Religion of Peace” because religious terrorism interferes with the Catholic church’s support of the interfaith movement. I have to believe that Benedict KNOWS Islamic terrorism is indeed directed at Jews, Christians, and non-believers, but especially Jews and Christians. You can’t read the Quran without understanding this, and Muslim Imams preach it form their Mosques and Islamic schools. Even the media has had a few reports lately that expose some of the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic teachings of Islam.
Benedict will likely follow his predecessor’s example. John Paul embraced Islam as a great religion and visited many mosques and Muslim leaders throughout his Papacy. Islam’s belief that Jesus was not the Son of God has never been a problem for the Vatican, nor has the Islamic teaching that all infidels (non-believers, Christians and Jews) should be converted to Islam, by the sword if necessary.
Israel Angry at Pope Over Terror Comments
It appears Benedict isn’t QUITE as eager as John Paul was to ignore the terrorism, murder, and barbaric practices that are taught in Islam. While he’s careful not to be specific about these teachings or admit that Islam seeks to destroy Israel, Jews, and Christians, he is willing to admit that Islam is not entirely a religion of peace.