What has this guy smoked?
A senior Iranian religious leader told Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on November 11 that he expects Pope Benedict to consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and to condemn US actions in the region. Cardinal Tauran is the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.“We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah and condemn the disgraceful act of torching the Qur’an,” said Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli.
“Look to Iran’s east; people are killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan everyday. Look to the West; terror and killings continue daily in Iraq,” the grand ayatollah continued. Across the Middle East, murder happens daily.”
a) Never, ever, a Catholic would consider anything holy but the Catholic Bible, which is NOT the Torah (although some books are taken from it). But NEVER EVER NOT EVEN with a psychiatric problem, would a Catholic consider the Qu’ran as holy as the Bible. In fact, for a Catholic, the Qur’an is not holy at all.
I don’t like Tauran (he’s one multi-culti fellow) and I expect he hadn’t told him anything but that. I don’t like either that Joint Commission between the Vatican and Iran. What do they have to speak about with a country that has recently condemned a Christian to death on apostasy charges?
b) Of course, Iran has nothing to do with terrorism in the Middle East, hasn’t it? Hamas, Hizbullah, the Iraqi insurgents…
But this gets better. This “answer” (just get you dhimmis on your knees and revere the Qur’an) has a motive: the letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Ahmadinejad, answering another one in which the latter told the Pope he wanted him to fight Islamophobia in Europe. Benedict in return, pointed out the lack of religious freedom in the Middle East:
(…) the recent Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in the Vatican from 10 to 24 October 2010, was a significant moment of reflection and sharing on the situation in the Middle East and on the great challenges placed before the Catholic communities present there. In some countries these communities face difficult circumstances, discrimination and even violence and they lack the freedom to live and publicly profess their faith. I am certain that the work of the Synod will bear good fruit for the Church and for the whole of Society.
So the answer is “consider the Qu’ran as holy as your book“. Yeah, sure. Get a life, cleric.