Saturday, September 15, 2007

What do they expect the pope to do? --
Via the International Herald Tribune:

Austrian and other European Jews want Pope Benedict XVI to use his moral authority to stop Iran from developing the ability to produce nuclear weapons and prevent a "catastrophe for all of humanity," a Jewish leader said Wednesday.

The plea was included in a letter the pope received during a recent three-day visit to the Alpine republic, which began with a highly symbolic stop at Vienna's Judenplatz, or Jewish Square.

Copies of the letter were provided to reporters Wednesday at a news conference organized by Ariel Muzicant, the head of Vienna's Jewish Community.


The letter said that Jews were greatly concerned that 62 years after the Holocaust, Iran was "officially threatening the state of Israel with 'destruction and obliteration.'"

It goes on to ask the pope, referred to as one of the world's most important moral authorities, to do everything in his power to prevent a "possible catastrophe for all of humanity."

Muzicant declined to specify what he'd like the pope to do but said time was running out.

I, too, would like to know what Muzicant thinks the pope can do. Does he have specific actions in mind? If he thinks that the pope will stand aside and not speak against violence in the case of future war against Iran, that is unlikely.
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