Story behind the story in Istanbul

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by ScreamingEagle, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. ScreamingEagle

    ScreamingEagle Gold Member

    Jul 5, 2004
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    Press reports are starting to filter in on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey for the Feast of St. Andrew.

    This is one of those cases in which there is a story that will be on the news and then there are other stories in the background, perhaps even buried or ignored in the mainstream coverage of the story. However, I have hopes that this will not be the case.

    Why? Check out the opening of the initial report from Ian Fisher of The New York Times:

    An even earlier report in the Los Angeles Times managed to balance the same two topics. Here is a key paragraph:

    The question, of course, is whether the tiny Christian minority in Turkey can be granted any kind of religious liberty without provoking violence among Islamists. Then again, how does Turkey hope to enter the EU if it cannot enforce the rule of law and basic human rights, such as religious liberty for minority groups?

    So there is reason to hope for good journalism in a tough situation. Now we have to see if the 3,000 or so reporters making this trip into Turkey can meet the test.

    Any event that even hints at Islamic relations and/or the European Union is going to grab the headlines. That’s a given. But it helps to remember that the original purpose of this trip was to push for religious liberty for minority groups in the allegedly secular state of Turkey. At the same time, this pope — as was the case with Pope John Paul II — is trying to test the edges of ecumenical relations with the other great ancient Christian communion, Eastern Orthodoxy.

    Reporters who have been following that story for a decade or two will be paying close attention to any hints Big Ben may make about his concepts of limited forms of papal authority in the East or even a return to a first-among-equals relationship with the other patriarches in the ancient churches of the East. At the very least, he may try to better define the “impaired communion” that exists between East and West.

    Here is a good summary paragraph about what is at stake from Catholic scholar George Weigel, writing in Newsweek:
  2. Annie

    Annie Diamond Member

    Nov 22, 2003
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    Saying what I've been saying, with clarity.

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