- Three questions
What do you think about the controversial
sentences pronounced by Benedict XVI at Regensburg?
The Pope has sown anger in the Moslem
world and he is harvesting a storm. I found his words unfortunate
and embarrassing. They are seen as an attack on Islam.
- Almost everywhere on the planet
the Moslem world is feeling humiliated, harassed and besieged.
They are very sensitive; they strongly react when they see a
public criticism of Islam, a criticism coming from the Western
world. This has already been seen for the cartoons of Mahomet.
In the citation of the Greek Emperor given by the Pope, one of
my friends had the idea to replace Mahomet by Jesus. This gives;
" Show me what Jesus brought as new, you will find only
evil and inhuman things such as the defence by the sword of the
faith that they preach." Would the Christians feel offended?
- Even if it was a "citation",
is it appropriate for the Pope to speak of the violence of Islam?
- I don't think so. We should stop
to speak about the religion of the others when they are not there.
The Catholic Church has no lesson to give to Islam. It has itself
a heavy past of violence.
For a dialogue between religions the
condition is that none of them should have a superiority feeling
towards the others. If we want to disarm God, we start by disarming
- Some observers see in these events
a proof that the wars of religion are still a wound not yet healed
and ready to re-open
what do you think?
Some reprisals have already started.
I am worried for the Christian minorities in Palestine, Jordan,
Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan
There is a risk that they
will pay for these words.
Regarding the dialogue between Islam and Christianity, it will
not make things easier. There is still a long way to achieve
respect and esteem for each other. If the religions cannot manage
to make peace between each other, how can the world reach for
Interview by Olivier Galzi