The Pope speaks of love in his first encyclical and in that message rebukes the teachings of Radical Islam. This Pope is surely a wonder. Courageous, wise, a mighty man of great faith. I really love him.
Benedict Seeks To Surprise With Encyclical on Love “In a world where the name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance or even a duty of hatred and violence, this message is both timely and significant,” he wrote. “For this reason, I wish … to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.”
[...]Some said they saw — in its mention of those who associate God with violence — a coming body of teachings aimed at distinguishing Christianity from Islam in a way that Pope John Paul II was reluctant to do.
“I think that Pope Benedict understands that one root of the problems that one form of Islam is presenting to the world today is theological, and you can’t get around that,” the official biographer of Pope John Paul II and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, George Weigel, said. “And that has to be faced. If you are going to have real inter-religious dialogue, it has to begin with those differences that make all the difference.”
[...]he argues that the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and many contemporary thinkers distorted Church teaching on sex by arguing that the Church “blows the whistle” on it “with all her commandments and prohibitions.” Instead, Benedict said, human and divine love complement one another. “It is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: it is man, the person,a unified creature composed of body and soul, who love,” the pope wrote. “Only when both dimensions are truly united, does man attain his full stature. Only thus is love — Eros — able to mature and attain its authentic grandeur.” .
“I think what he’s saying is that whatever anyone else is doing, Christians believe in a God who is love itself, Rev. Koterski said. It’s in contrast to those who want to use God as simply a justification for violence and revenge and, positively, that God’s own nature of genuine love wants to evoke an appropriate response in us, a loving response and not a vengeful one.”
But a professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, David Schindler, said the reference could instead be aimed at those who argue that all serious believers are fanatics-in-waiting. Mr. Schindler is the editor of the journal “Communio,” which was founded in 1972 by Pope Benedict, then Joseph Ratzinger, and has written extensively on the new pope’s thinking. Read it all in The New York Sun here
“It’s not only the problem that emerges in an obvious way with terrorism that is linked to the name of God or Allah,” Mr. Schindler said, “but I think it also is tied to the association by many people in the more general secular culture of God with a kind of self-righteousness that tends toward violence and intolerance.”