Monday, October 09, 2006
2 hours, 47 minutes ago
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Monday posted on its website an annotated version of the speech Pope Benedict XVI delivered in Germany last month which caused an uproar in the Muslim world.
When he quoted a medieval Christian emperor who equated Islam with violence in the speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany, it “was unfortunately interpreted as the expression of my personal position, sparking understandable indignation,” one annotation says.
Quoting Manuel II Palaeologus on the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, Benedict said on September 12: “He said, I quote, ‘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.'”
The head of world’s one billion Catholics went on to say: “The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul.”
The annotation posted Monday adds: “I hope that the reader of my text will immediately understand that this phrase does not express my personal opinion on the Koran, for which I feel the respect that is due to the holy book of a great religion.