MESSAGES FROM TWO POPES: appealing to reason?

May 2nd, 2017 by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Modern Church, Multiculturalism

Pope Benedict XVI is still alive.
The other day, when turning 90, he wrote:
“The clash between radically-atheistic conceptions of the State and the emergence of a radically-religious state in the Islamist movements, leads our time into an explosive situation….”
In 2006, Pope Benedict made a famous speech quoting a 14th century emperor:
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you’ll find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
“God is not pleased by blood . . . whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.”
Pope Francis, on the other hand, has just visited the more-or-less radically-religious Islamic state of Egypt.
Francis’s opinion about Islam is that “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence….”
These two Popes can’t both be right.

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