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Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran
in response to reader comment: Physician, heal thyself.

Submitted by TW Pope (United States), Jan 22, 2006 at 10:09

I appreciate the cordiality of your comment; I have read some very uncharitable posts...

Concerning the statements, I would need to know which statements specifically. I hope you did read the part about 'ex cathedra.' JPII was big into ecumenicism, BXVI may not be as big into it. I would say that it is safe to say that both men want to see the conversion of muslims, but they would differ on how to bring that about. I don't see this as contradictory, merely two gentlemen who disagree on the particulars of a plan of action.

Since BXVI's statements are from a second hand source (not one's that he intended for the public), not 'ex cathedra,' which means that the promise of infallabillity doesn't apply, and to my knowledge JPII never said anything about muslims and the koran 'ex cathedra,' they can disagree with eachother, and I can disagree with both men and and can honestly call myself a faithful Catholic.

If you wish to send me the statements, and their sources, I would be happy to address that.

May God bless you and keep you,

TW Pope

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