Vatican-Muslim dialogue back to square one: cardinal


Very Right, I agree with him. Some radicals running campaign against Pope, in my opinion Pope had nothing to apologies for… 

PARIS – Vatican relations with the Islamic world must be restarted from square one because Muslims insist on misinterpreting Pope Benedict’s recent comments on Islam, Germany’s top Catholic cardinal said in an article on Wednesday.

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German Catholic Bishops Conference, accused Muslim critics of running a campaign against the Pope and said the Pontiff had nothing to apologise for.

The blunt comments from Lehmann, whose rich and influential church has close ties to the German-born Pope, seem to have been sparked by an unusual call from the 56-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) for him to retract his words.The OIC call came a day after Benedict had received Muslim ambassadors to the Vatican and repeated his regrets for any misunderstanding of his Sept. 12 speech in which he quoted a Byzantine emperor saying Islam was evil and violent.“These open or hidden threats have to stop,” Lehmann said in the weekly newspaper of his Mainz diocese.

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