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Monday, September 18, 2006

'I forgive, I forgive'

Sister Leonella, a nun who devoted her life to helping the sick in volatile regions of Africa, used to joke that there was a bullet with her name engraved on it in Somalia. When the bullet came, she used her last breaths to forgive those responsible.
"I forgive, I forgive," she whispered in her native Italian just before she died, the Rev. Maloba Wesonga told The Associated Press at the nun's memorial mass in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday.
Sister Leonella's execution-style murder over the weekend has raised concerns that she and other foreigners who have been killed in Somalia recently are victims of growing Islamic radicalism in the country.
Her slaying was not a random attack and could have been sparked by remarks by Pope Benedict XVI about Muslims that have sparked angry reaction from Muslims around the world, added Willy Huber, regional head of the Austrian-funded hospital where Sister Leonella worked

Well again it is a sad state of affairs but as a Christian the above dying statement of Sister Leonella is a victory and the extremists have yet to figure that out I bet.

I must say the MSM is still not being particular helpful. On the looney and PC left ,the New York Times weighed in of course on Saturday and as ususal we find that trees died for no good reason. A doctrinal conservative, his greatest fear appears to be the loss of a uniform Catholic identity, not exactly the best jumping-off point for tolerance or interfaith dialogue. The world listens carefully to the words of any pope. And it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology, demonstrating that words can also heal. Go read the rest of New York Times's words of wisdom it is quite a hoot. I must say that the Times effort to take a stab at the Pope's traditional Christian faith and views is so transparent it is laughable. So let me get this straight. The man that leads almost a billion Catholics should not talk about theological issues. Well lets just reopen the catacombs and have the Pope move in. In fact I supsect the Liberal elite would like all Christians, Catholics or otherwise, to move into the catacombs and just shut up. That would be a result that I suspect the Muslim extremist and the liberal elite would both like.

However the right and conservative press has not been too helpful either.On Fox News right now the Rome reporter said the Pope must have followed the advice of the New York Times because he apologized. Do people either in the Islamic World or the West even bother to read these statements. “I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims......“This was a quote from a medieval text which does not express in any way my personal thoughts.” What the Pope actually said was "Sono vivamente rammaricato" which means "I am actively saddened". So what the Pope really said was "I am actively saddened by the reactions caused by a brief passage in my lecture at the University of Regensburg, which has been deemed offensive by Moslem believers. For more on this go here.

One further thing as to the Press and media. This is not the time to be sensational. Is there world wide Muslim outrage at the Pope? I have seen countless news feeds and photos and it appears to me that often these rallies have less than 50 people in attendance. Again are Moderate voices speaking out? If they are you need to give them a platform. That honors the Popes words and intent and especially honors the death of the Sister in Somilla.

Also undereported in the Western Media as usual is the response of Othodox Chrisitans. You would think that a faith that has about 200 millions follows would be consulted in this. Especially since the Orthodox have largely had to live in close quarters with Islam from the very beginning. The Head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece said: ""Many Christians on the Black Continent (Africa) suffer from fanatic Islamists. The example of Roman Catholic monks who were slaughtered last year... because they wore the cross and believed in our crucified Lord is still recent," This was in response to the statements of a Islamic Cleric in Africa that called for the Pope's death.

The Anchoress has as a ton of links on what has been going on. I suggest checking it out.

Update-American Papist hit right on the nail ". "A further irony is that just as these insane Muslims could not make any distinctions in Pope Benedict's original address they (and some of our own media) can't understand what Pope Benedict is really apologizing for this Sunday. Is reason so very far gone from our age?"

Update II- Maxedoutmama has one of the best takes on the NYT pieces and really gives some food to how a certain American Muslim association is doing American Moslems no favors.

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Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Yes, it was a great victory and a life spent in the service of man at the behest of God. Such lights to the world burn only brighter in memory.

4:37 PM  

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