As Gerald Augustinus has noticed.
Some media outlets have reported, with some sensationalism, that the Pope was re-doing his speech from Regensburg. Well, yeah. The Vatican website, from day one, before the story became such a news item, said that the version up was just provisional, that a footnoted edition would be published later. That has nothing to do with Muslim protests whatsoever.
There is a very good reason for them to be updating the translation that has nothing to do with re-doing. Fr. Fessio mentioned last night on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
And by the way, just to get it straight, you know, while we’re here on the record, and on the radio, if you read the German text, and listen to him speaking it in German, you’ll see that where the first English translation came out said the Pope says the emperor turns to his interlocutor, somewhat bruskly, with a central question. But in the German, it’s…in very harsh form. And Ratzinger, actually, the Holy Father, actually added…he said it’s amazingly harsh, even an astonishingly harsh form.
He also mentions the fact that it should be Protestants not Muslims if anybody who should have taken offense.
I mean, he criticized the Protestants twice here. First, he said that reason is a part of Christian faith. Logos, theology’s not just Hellenization. And when did that union of faith and reason begin? Have you lost the first phase, he says, is the 16th Century reformists with sola fides, you know? And then, he says the 18th and 19th Century liberal Protestant theologians, who tried to reduce the study of theology to merely imperical, historical science. So…but I didn’t notice any Episcopalians burning Catholic Churches, or any Baptists out there hanging the Pope in effigy on this thing.
I like what the Pope said today in the Wednesday Audience [Via Dom].
However, to an attentive reader of my text it is clear that in no way did I wish to make my own the negative words pronounced by the medieval emperor, and that their polemical content does not express my personal convictions.
So where are the headlines "Pope slams inattentive readers"?