(Pray for Benedict)
Unease with Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to Islam has led a U.S. Muslim group to decline joining in an interfaith event with him later this week. The pope has been praised by supporters for his frankness in approaching Islam and interfaith dialogue in general, but critics have called him insensitive.
Muslims in many nations reacted angrily when the pope quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor connecting Islam with violence in a 2006 speech at Germany’s Regensburg University. “Our going there is more out of respect for the Catholic Church itself,” said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, which interprets Islamic law. “Popes come and go, but the church is there.” But many Muslims said the pontiff insulted them on Easter Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, when he baptized Magdi Allam, an Egyptian-born commentator who has criticized what he called the “inherent” violence in Islam. (Read Rest)
Why wouldn’t they like the last pope better? He let them build this huge Mosque in Rome:
It would have seemed unthinkable until only recently that a mosque could be built in Rome, the Eternal City and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. In the 1960s, at the time of the Second Vatican Council, when the Church was rethinking its attitudes toward other faiths, a group of Arab ambassadors had raised the idea of a mosque for Rome with the Italian government….
Such a man came in the person of Pope John Paul II. It was his personal intervention that had encouraged the authorities to grant permission for the building of Rome’s mosque. In his tireless work of promoting dialogue and respect between all people of faith, that pope had also once recommended that Roman Catholics join their Muslim friends and fast for world peace on the last Friday of Ramadan. (Read the rest from Muslim site)…..(Another Acount of the Mosque, also picture source)
Oh Yeah, almost forgot, on a completely unrelated note: (Muslim cleric proclaims Rome will soon be conquered by Islam)