Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Pope makes a mistake
In Ankara, the Pope began his trip with a visit to the hilltop mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Flanked by an escort of ceremonial guards, he laid a wreath of red and white flowers.
Ugh.

An Orthodox writes:
...perhaps one ought to suggest that the lowest point of the Holy Father's pontificate (pace Fr Boyce) was his laying a wreath yesterday at the shrine of Ataturk: a man who created more Christian martyrs...
The man who brought you the rape of Smyrna; persecution of Greek Christians in Asia Minor continues to this day.

Not exactly the best way to start dialogue with the Orthodox but then again the Patriarch of Constantinople (who is not the head of the Orthodox Church) is essentially a prisoner of the Turkish government and can’t do anything about it.

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