By NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 9, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI provoked a mixture of outrage and sorrow among American Roman Catholics yesterday by his apparent condemnation of military action in Iraq during his traditional Easter address to the crowds assembled in front of the Vatican, which was televised around the world.
His declaration that "nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees" was seen as an intervention in the political debate that has raged in America about the merits of the Iraq invasion and the Bush administration's subsequent management of the war...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: All across the dinosaur print and broadcast media, similar sentiments were expressed. The only problem is that none of it is true. The above excerpt is just one example of how the dinosaur media intentionally distorts and perverts the pope's messages on a regular basis.
Pope Benedict XVI said absolutely NOTHING of America's intervention in Iraq in his Easter Sunday message. The above quote is taken out of context and context is everything. Here is what the pope actually said...
How many wounds, how much suffering there is in the world! Natural calamities and human tragedies that cause innumerable victims and enormous material destruction are not lacking. My thoughts go to recent events in Madagascar, in the Solomon Islands, in Latin America and in other regions of the world. I am thinking of the scourge of hunger, of incurable diseases, of terrorism and kidnapping of people, of the thousand faces of violence which some people attempt to justify in the name of religion, of contempt for life, of the violation of human rights and the exploitation of persons. I look with apprehension at the conditions prevailing in several regions of Africa. In Darfur and in the neighbouring countries there is a catastrophic, and sadly to say underestimated, humanitarian situation. In Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo the violence and looting of the past weeks raises fears for the future of the Congolese democratic process and the reconstruction of the country. In Somalia the renewed fighting has driven away the prospect of peace and worsened a regional crisis, especially with regard to the displacement of populations and the traffic of arms. Zimbabwe is in the grip of a grievous crisis and for this reason the Bishops of that country in a recent document indicated prayer and a shared commitment for the common good as the only way forward.
Likewise the population of East Timor stands in need of reconciliation and peace as it prepares to hold important elections. Elsewhere too, peace is sorely needed: in Sri Lanka only a negotiated solution can put an end to the conflict that causes so much bloodshed; Afghanistan is marked by growing unrest and instability; In the Middle East, besides some signs of hope in the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian authority, nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees. In Lebanon the paralysis of the country’s political institutions threatens the role that the country is called to play in the Middle East and puts its future seriously in jeopardy. Finally, I cannot forget the difficulties faced daily by the Christian communities and the exodus of Christians from that blessed Land which is the cradle of our faith. I affectionately renew to these populations the expression of my spiritual closeness.
Here the pope gives a litany of sufferings going on in the world today. Within this litany is a smaller litany, decrying the violence perpetrated by Muslims against their neighbors and each other. This quote in particular is the pope's indictment of radical Islam: "I am thinking of the scourge of hunger, of incurable diseases, of terrorism and kidnapping of people, of the thousand faces of violence which some people attempt to justify in the name of religion." He follows with his litany of examples where Muslims war against their neighbors and each other. Within that litany, and sandwiched between numerous other examples, he cites the following: "nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees."
The pope said absolutely nothing about America, or American involvement in Iraq. What he did say was that everywhere Muslims are killing each other, and Iraq is no exception. That's the story here, nothing more, and that is exactly what the dinosaur media pundits don't want you to know. They'll look for any opportunity they can get to condemn America's involvement in Iraq, even if it means twisting and perverting the words a pope.