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Pope Benedict at Ground Zero

Posted by Ryan on April 20, 2008

The Pope visited Ground Zero this morning to say a prayer, light a candle and meet with some of the victim’s families.  Later, Benedict will be giving a much anticipated mass at Yankee Stadium at around 2:30pm EDT. 

One could tell that this gesture was deeply felt by Benedict and others with whom he met that were affected by this act of hate 6 1/2 years ago.  I used to be pretty neutral on the Pope — I liked his conservatism and direct approach to Islam, but I didn’t feel connected to him.  JP II had been there so long (most of my life) that saying “Pope Benedict” is still kind of weird, but definitely getting less so. 

So, I’ve been glued to coverage of the Papal visit.  I like that the Roman Catholic Church has been getting positive press and that millions of people who are not Catholics are seeing the enthusiasm, the verve and excitement that the Pontiff brings with him. 

AP photo.

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Catholics Down in Worldwide Count to Muslims

Posted by Ryan on March 31, 2008

Roman Catholics: 1.13 billion 

v. 

Muslims: 1.3 billion 

I have a really big problem with this Reuters story about the above statistics.  The Vatican, using hard to verify UN statistics, indicates that the world’s Muslim population has eclipsed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religious sect. 

I’m not concerned about nor am I playing a “my religion’s bigger than yours” game, but I do believe that the premise is ignorant:  Islam is not a monolithic religion — it has sects too that we hear about every single day

Ever hear of a “Sunni” or a “Shi’ite”?  What about a Sufi, Khariji, Druze or Wahhabi, etc.?  They are all sects of Islam, just like Roman Catholicism is a sect (albeit a super-large sect) of Christianity. 

I’m not sure what the Vatican was trying to say here with this statement about these numbers, but on the surface, it seems either sneaky or ignorant: either a chance to unify other Christian sects to gain numbers, or a politically correct way of starting some kind of a dialogue.  But, maybe I’m missing something here.

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Christian Leader Calls For Sharia Law

Posted by Mike on February 7, 2008

When a nation like the United Kingdom is confronted with the rise of Islamic extremism to the point where there is a significant minority of British Muslims who are unashamed to give two thumbs up to acts of terrorism, it might be time for some of that patented British resolve. Don’t tell that to Dr. Rowan Williams though.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, concerned that many British Muslims are feeling left out, has called for the introduction of certain aspects of Sharia Law. Critics of this pronouncement include Prime Minister Gordon Brown, human rights activists, fellow Christians, and prominent Muslims who like that whole democracy thing and don’t want to go down the slippery slope to, you know, Sharia Law.

AFP Photo

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