By Bro. Michael Dimond, O.S.B.
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Benedict XVI, Address, January 19, 2007: “During my memorable visit, I frequently expressed the respect of the Catholic Church for Islam and the esteem of the Pope and the faithful for Muslim believers, especially during my visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque… Dialogue, essential between religious Authorities at all levels, begins in daily life through the mutual respect and esteem that believers of every religion have for one another…” (L’Osservatore Romano, Feb. 14, 2007, p. 10)
Just in case anyone thinks that we are repeating Heresies of the Week, we aren’t. Benedict XVI is basically esteeming Islam in different words on a weekly basis. In this most recent utterance of apostasy, notice that Benedict XVI says that in the Blue Mosque he expressed the respect of “the Catholic Church” for the false religion of Islam, as well the “esteem” all of his “faithful” supposedly have for Muslims. In other words, he was attempting to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church, on behalf of all those who deem him to be the pope. In that capacity, he expressed respect for a false religion. This is apostasy.