“Enough now with this turning the other cheek! It’s our duty to protect ourselves.” Thus spoke Monsignor Velasio De Paolis, secretary of the Vatican’s supreme court, referring to Muslims. Explaining his apparent rejection of Jesus’ admonition to his followers to “turn the other cheek,” De Paolis noted that “The West has had relations with the Arab countries for half a century…and has not been able to get the slightest concession on human rights.”This isn't exactly news. Ever since Benedict XVI took the reigns, the catholic church has warned catholic women against marrying muslim men, started a re-appraisal of the Crusades and has hinted it seriously doubts Islams capability to reform. But it is refreshing to see senior vatican clerics openly express that "Turning the other cheek" is not, and was never meant as, a suicide pact, to coin a well worn phrase.
In Frontpage Magazine an article on the hardening stance the Vatican is taking with regard to Islam:
Geplaatst door Kleinverzet op woensdag, juli 05, 2006