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Monday, September 18, 2006


Nuntius Fundamenti

Assassins are already on their way to the Pope:

An Iraqi insurgent group threatened the Vatican with a suicide attack over the Pope's remarks, according to a statement posted yesterday on the Web.

"We swear to God to send you people who adore death as much as you adore life," said the message posted in the name of the Mujahedeen Army on a Web site frequently used by militant groups. The message's authenticity could not be independently verified. The statement was addressed to "you dog of Rome" and threatens to "shake your thrones and break your crosses in your home."


An excellent, and chilling, article by Fr. Fessio. I'd like to see more articles from him. Thanks.

Carl Olson

So would I, Jackson, so would I. But he is a very, very busy man. I don't know how he does it all...


"I don't know how he does it all..."

I've thought the same of you, Carl. Keep up the good work.


We hear occasionally from moderate Muslims, so they are characterized and characterize themselves, and universally they claim that the violent ones are a very small minority and that Islam is a peaceful religion. They often also claim that the depiction of the historical conquests of Islam and the "conversion by the sword" are a western concoction, at best a western characterization of events that don't correspond to the truth.

Well, let's have that dialogue then. My first request comes via Missouri. Show me.


There is one flaw in Fessio's article on the Pope's address at Regensburg. The whole article rests on one assumption: that what Ibn Hazn says about the absolute transcendence of God (and therefore God transcends rationality itself) is NOT Muslim teaching pure and simple but probably the statement of one who was influenced by neo-platonist and Sufi strains. Ironically, this "absolute transcendence" must be read in a mystical direction, not as the mainstream Islamic position. If anything, mainstream Islam emphasizes the use of reason which the mystics seem to want to supersede. In which case, Fessio's identification of what Ibn Hazn says (Ibn Hazn who is cited by Arnaldez who is quoted by Khoury who is quoted by Benedict XVI) with "Muslim Teaching" just does not hold. And I do not think the Pope himself makes that equation.

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