The Muslim leaders are right – he did not truly apologise. Of course not! Benedict XVI is not sorry for what he said! Not in the least. As I said earlier, a true Christian should never be sorry for telling the truth about false religion. But Benedict is not a true Christian, and his motive for these remarks is sinister. Benedict is a very intelligent man, and a very cunning one. He was the Inquisitor-General before becoming pope, and he did not earn the nickname of “God’s Rottweiler” for nothing. He would shed no tears if indeed a new Roman Catholic crusade against Islam did ever come about.
In fact, Benedict quoted something more from the Byzantine emperor in his speech, that has not often been reported. He said: “the emperor touches on the theme of the jihad (holy war). The emperor must have known that sura 2:256 reads: ‘There is no compulsion in religion.’ It is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under threat.” Thus, quoting the Koran, Benedict stated that this particular passage from the Koran has more authority for Islam, because it is an earlier passage, than later passages which contradict it, and do indeed demand compulsory conversion to Islam. This is shown by his next sentence: “But naturally the emperor also knew the instructions, developed later and recorded in the Koran, concerning holy war.” In effect he was suggesting that these later passages should be less binding on Muslims than the earlier one.
Certainly, this is how Roman Catholic author, Robert Moynihan, writing for Inside the Vatican, understood the pope. Benedict, then, was in a clever roundabout way, telling Muslims how to properly interpret their own Koran. He knew exactly what he was doing. At the end of his speech, he said: “The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. God is not pleased by blood”. But the Roman Catholic god appears to be very pleased with blood! Roman Catholic history is a history written in blood, as the Bible says: “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (Rev. 18:24).
But what was Benedict making these remarks for? It is made clear by the following words from his speech: “‘Not to act reasonably, not to act with logos, is contrary to the nature of God,’ said Manuel II, according to his Christian understanding of God…. It is to this great logos, to this breadth of reason, that we invite our partners in the dialogue of cultures.” What the pope was in effect saying, by quoting this, was that Muslims are unreasonable, their religion is unreasonable, but if they “dialogue” on Rome’s terms, then progress will be made. It was a designed speech, aimed at encouraging conversion to Roman Catholicism by Westerners, Jews and Muslims. In fact, Moynihan in Inside the Vatican writes: “Then, in addition to being a call to the secularized West to return to [Roman Catholic] faith, it [the pope’s lecture] is also a call to both Jews and Muslims to come to recognize a Christ whom Benedict presents as the culminating ‘Logos’ (the ‘meaning’ or ‘reason’), not only of the ancient world, but of all history.”