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ND faculty to discuss Pope Benedict and Islam

Author: Arts and Letters


Notre Dame faculty from a variety of academic disciplines will speak on the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s recent remarks on Islam on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 4:30p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

During a Sept. 12 address on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg, Pope Benedict quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who wrote that the prophet Muhammad had brought things “only evil and inhuman” and that he “spread 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, sponsored by the University’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is free and open to the public.

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 Institute’s 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 Dame’s 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.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on September 26, 2006.