ND faculty to discuss Pope Benedict and Islam

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Notre Dame faculty from a variety of academic disciplines will speak on the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVIs recent remarks on Islam on Thursday (Sept. 28) at4:30 p.m.in the auditorium of theHesburghCenterfor International Studies.

During a Sept. 12 address on faith and reason at theUniversityofRegensburg, Pope Benedict quoted a 14 th century Byzantine emperor who wrote that the prophet Muhammad had brought thingsonly evil and inhumanand that hespread by the sword the faith he preached.An uproar ensued throughout the Muslim world, and the Pope has several times since expressed his regret for the effects of those words, which, he insists, do not reflect his own thoughts.

The Notre Dame panel discussion issponsored by the Universitys Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Discussion panelists will be R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan, Jr., director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Rashied Omar, coordinator of the Kroc Institutes Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding; Brad Gregory, associate professor of history; Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology; and David Solomon, W.P. and H.B. White Director of Notre Dames Center for Ethics and Culture.

A. James McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute will be the discussion moderator.

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