Friday, 14 January 2011

Don't ask us to speak out - we're too scared....

From CatholicCulture.org

British Embassy reflects on Pope Benedict's speech to diplomats


During his speech to the Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Benedict spoke about religious freedom, and lamented the violence against Christians in many Muslim countries. He appealed to both political authorities and religious authorities to let their fellow-citizens live in security.

“He was trying to look at the world through the prism of religious freedom, and protecting religious freedom as a fundamental human right,” said Justin Bedford, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy to the Holy See.

The Pope’s words came just days after attacks on Christians in Iraq, Egypt, and Nigeria.

“We see increasingly, where we see [Islamic] extremists are gaining a foothold, attempts to divide those societies through attacks against the Christian minorities in those countries,” he told Vatican Radio.

Mr. Bedford urged caution when asked about requests for the European Union to be more directly involved in the protection of Christians in the Middle East.

“We need to be very careful as to how the West, and the EU as part of the ‘western construct’, approaches the question of religions,” he said.

He added there Is a danger in presenting Christianity as too closely associated with the West.

“That could, if the West took the concept of Christianity under its umbrella, provide a reason for extremists to continue to divide those societies…we would seek to avoid that, if possible,” he said. “If this question is discussed in the EU we would need to find an approach which did not divide societies, but sought to unite them and present solidarity between Christians and Muslims as they confront extremists.”

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Justin Bedford, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy to the Holy See, told Vatican Radio that the European Union needs to be cautious in defending the rights of persecuted Christians in Muslim societies.
“We see increasingly, where we see [Islamic] extremists are gaining a foothold, attempts to divide those societies through attacks against the Christian minorities in those countries,” he said.
In response to such extremism, “we need to be very careful as to how the West, and the EU as part of the ‘Western construct,’ approaches the question of religions,” Bedford stated.
“If the West took the concept of Christianity under its umbrella,” said Bedford, extremists could be given another reason “to continue to divide those societies … we would seek to avoid that, if possible,” he said. “If this question is discussed in the EU we would need to find an approach which did not divide societies, but sought to unite them and present solidarity between Christians and Muslims as they confront extremists.”

1 comment:

Left-footer said...

Pusillanimous to the last, like the XIXth century British defenders of the Ottoman Empire during the Balkan atrocities.