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Here's my tuppence on the Pope issue. I don't know enough about the context of what Pope Benedict said about Muslims to know how right or how wrong he was. But surely he was completely fucking stupid to say something like that so explicitly. But the response has kind of proved him right hasn't it? Showing that your religion is one of peace by shooting at elderly nuns...
I haven't had time to read any of the blog debate, but there were three good posts yesterday at Debate, Relate, & Pontificate on this. This is the third for starters.
Keywords: Pope Benedict, Pope John Paul, Cardinal Ratzinger