Benedict XVI comments on his speech at Regensburg

Source: FSSPX News

The pope has commented on the official text of the speech he gave on September 12, 2006 at Regensburg. In note no.3, referring to the incriminating passage at the time of the controversy with the Muslim world, he wished to point out: 

“This citation was taken, unfortunately, in the Muslim world, as my personal opinion, thus arousing understandable indignation. I hope that the reader of my text will understand immediately that this phrase does not express my personal judgment on the Koran, toward which I have the respect due to the sacred book of a major religion. In quoting this text of the emperor Manuel II, I only intended to underline the essential link between faith and reason. On this point I agree with Manuel II, without in any way, making his polemic, my own.”

 The pope was making an official comment on the phrase, borrowed from the Byzantine emperor who was writing in the 14th Century to a Muslim scholar: “Show me what Mohammed has brought which is new, and you will find only evil and inhuman things, like his instruction to defend the faith he preached by the sword.”

 The speech, with the pope’s notations is available on the Vatican website www.vatican.va