Yes, they can. Some Popes have apologized for what other Popes did in the past. There is no such rule that a Pope can't apologize.
He just didn't wanna apologize because what he said wasn't wrong. He didn't make it up by himself; he quoted someone's words. What seems wrong to me is that his motive. He said he wanted peace and build a bridge conntected Christianity and Islam. However, is it right to provoke someone's anger by telling them what they don't wanna hear?
If he quoted those words about them, which means he's already had his own image of them. Also, I don't think he didn't hear of the caricature incident. Just some guys drew some pictures, and the world was kinda upside down. They rampaged the streets and wanted to hang the guys who drew them. Now, those words were repeated from a mouth of the head of Roman Catholic Church. I don't think there is no one who wouldn't wanna kill him. What if those fanatics succeeded? And Catholics would do something back for a revenge. Blah blah blah blah... all the worst scenarios. Thus, the gap of hatred between Christianity and Islam will be even deeper and wider.
I wanna know his real motive behind this speech. I wanna know who helped him with this speech. I wanna know who's really behind this whole thing. Too many things I wanna know just from this nonsensical speech. Rolling Eyes
LadyMacbeth wrote:What I would like also say is that life can be very awkward thing when each time you are starting to open your mouth to say things about A, B is interrupting you with his fancied ideas that you have just offended C.
LadyMacbeth wrote:I also think Polish Pope was wiser that German.
Yeah. But the thing is that it wasn't his place to lecture them, though. I mean, it would be no biggie if he was nobody and said it. I know I wouldn't care. Unfortunately, he's the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Majority of Muslims don't like to be lectured by him.
I think so, too.
Well... the stranger is that he was almost shot dead. Don't forget about it. The man who shaped somehow 25 years of history of European and world's christian world could have been dead only in 1981 (instead of 2005).
He didn't tell much then and could be dead.
Can Benedict expect the same threat after his unfortunate speech?
Noone knows it.
Tell me one leader, religious or political, who hasn't been threatened to be killed? How humble or peaceful or whatever one is, there are always people who want to kill them for their position. It's strange, but this is how it is.
Benedict's security system is now even tighter after his speech. His life is now almost up for grab. If they could get a hold of him, oh yes, they'd finish him good.
Hmmm... that's truth. Some people are jealous, other are professional killers...different reasons.
Ali Agca for example was a professional murderer. Before Polish Pope he never missed (I read somewhere). He targeted at the Pope from the distance of 4-10 metres (they say). And he missed. He was shocked when he got it known that the Pope survived. Ali Agca was from Bulgary (I am not sure).
LadyMacbeth wrote:Can you imagine what could happen in Europe/in the world if Turkish professional murderer would shot Benedict XVI?
Sometimes such sparks can start world-wide conflicts. For example historical books teach that murder in Sarajewo was a indirect cause of I World War.
Like Princess Diana, who would wanna kill her? Well, her husband did.
it would definitely holy war between Catholics and Muslims
LadyMacbeth wrote:Like Princess Diana, who would wanna kill her? Well, her husband did.
Yes. Charles probably dreamt about this moment and it came:( Though I never understood this all glory for Lady Diana. Only when I visited London I could understand some things better. Their glory for Lady Di including.
LadyMacbeth wrote:it would definitely holy war between Catholics and Muslims
I think the same. No doubt:( All in all western societies and Muslim people/Muslim world differ very much and one little spark can start mutual aggresion and visible hatred. Maybe not today but who knows what future will bring...
I prefer not to think what would happen if German Pope was killed by someone from Muslim world. Maybe nothing big but maybe...
Tell me about it!!! I don't see the big fuss about her.
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