July 18, 2006

A POPE WHO GETS IT:

Pope backs G8 Middle East declaration (Ireland On-Line, 18/07/2006)

Pope Benedict XVI tonight lent his support to the G8 summit declaration on the Middle East, which blamed the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah for the escalation in fighting and which urged Israel to exercise restraint.

“I fully agree with the G8 communique,” the Pope said when he returned to his Alpine holiday retreat after an excursion in the mountains.


Nice to have the Church in the Anglosphere.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2006 9:36 PM
Comments

One thing that's been missed in some of the vitriol from the Right in re recent comments from the Vatican vis a vis Lebanon and Israel is that Sodano, whose statement caused an uproar, is the outgoing Sec of State. Bertone is due to replace him effective mid Sept.

Sodano is more of a typical Euro diplomat. Let's hope Benedict has replaced him with something a bit better.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 18, 2006 9:54 PM

Which is why he's punting Sodano:

www.chiesa.espressonline.it/dettaglio.jsp?id=46410&eng=y

Posted by: oj at July 18, 2006 9:59 PM
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