Kudos to the Holy Father

Kudos to the Holy Father.

The LA Times reports:

Benedict XVI chose unusually tough language Saturday to tell Muslim
leaders they must work harder to combat terrorism and steer youth away
from “the darkness of a new barbarism.”

On the third day of his
first foreign trip as pope, Benedict met with 10 representatives of
Germany's growing Muslim community as part of his effort to reach out
to other faiths. But he quickly dispensed with the diplomatic niceties
and zeroed in on the “cruel fanaticism” of terrorism and the
responsibility of religious leaders and educators to prevent it.

“You guide Muslim believers and train them in the Islamic faith,” he
told his select audience, who traveled to the Cologne archdiocese to
meet the pope. “Teaching is the vehicle through which ideas and
convictions are transmitted. . . . There is no room for apathy and
disengagement, and even less for partiality and sectarianism.”

condemned terrorism as a “perverse and cruel decision” that “shows
contempt for the sacred right to life and undermines the very
foundations of all civil society.” Terrorists, he said, falsely use
religion to poison relations between all religions.

Good for him  [ProfessorBainbridge.com]

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