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Interesting that those criticizing Pope Benedict don't even know what he was saying

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran
in response to reader comment: CATHOLICS are NO DIFFERENT

Submitted by Michael Kocian (United States), Sep 19, 2006 at 19:02

If one actually reads and understands the full text of Benedict's address, he was saying that violence should not be used in the name of religion. That would include any religion. Where do we see it today... obviously from the Ishmaelites following the words and life of a sinful man named Mohammad. Mohammad admitted that he was a sinful man and anyone willing to be honest knows this.

The lack of understanding and clear facts doesn't stop with misunderstanding the Pope, but goes on to misrepresent the bad things attributed to those who called themselves Catholics. For instance, no reasonable person would attribute 70 million deaths to the Spanish Inquisition. Historians who claimed 36,000 deaths were considered unreliable and exaggerated. There is no way to exactly know, but the toll stands much closer to between 3,000 and 12,000 deaths. The lack of understanding and of context of history is appalling. Consider also why the crusades happened... think real hard... was it those pesky Muslims that invaded? Consider also who the crusaders were... the church had no army... getting a clue now? One who does not know what the Jesuits are should not criticize. I have never met a non-Catholic who understood Catholicism or had a honestly stated and fair criticism. Perhaps because it's not done out of a sense of justice, but a sense of hatred. Let's be honest and fair.


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