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John Allen, Jr.’s Cover Story on Pope Benedict and Islam

September 28, 2006

One of the main reasons Katerina and I did not comment on Pope Benedict XVI’s speech at the University of Regensburg is that all the information has not been present. Some Catholic bloggers began prematurely posting on the topic or creating surveys, flying to the aid of Benedict. More times than not, they distorted the facts in their haste to blog. Many even want so far as to remark that Benedict was “right” about Islam as if the quoting of a 14th century Christian emperor necessarily entailed endorsement by the Pope. Others even declared that the Pope does not need to apologize, suggesting that these Catholic bloggers have some sort of keen insight into papal intention, exposition and affairs. The only blogs that I saw which seemed to have an informed opinion on the matter were Against the Grain and Pro Ecclesia-Pro Familia-Pro Civitate.

At last, an authoritative commentary is out which actually situates Pope Benedict’s Regensburg remarks within their proper setting and within the context of the totality of Benedict’s sentiment toward Islam. The cover story of the September 29th issue of National Catholic Reporter by John Allen, Jr. is an insider’s look at Benedict and the question of Islam. The full article is available here.

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