12 August 2014
by Camillo Langone
Manuel Paleologus, they owe you an apology. They also owe an apology to Benedict XVI, whom they attacked after he quoted you at Regensburg:
“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
Today, when the news from ex-Iraq is once more making history, and is showing to anyone who has eyes to see what the Koran translated into action truly is, they need to apologize to both of you. But they won’t do it: because they don’t believe in sacred texts. They are Europeans and a European doesn’t believe in the Gospel not even if he’s a Catholic. Not even if he’s a priest (at Mass on Sundays the only words about Faith are those written in the Missal, while the ones from the priest -- homilies, admonitions, casual chatter -- are melancholic manifestations of unbelief).
It is impossible for a European to think that someone could actually believe in their own religion. And as for the Italians: according to their vocabulary the word Religion is defined as “a good and human thing”, so they will never apologize to you nor to Benedict.
Those who are not able to believe in God are not even able to believe in reality: they are not able to recognize a sword -- not even when it goes into their neck.
Translation by Rorate's Francesca Romana.