The article refers to the man as having called himself a non-practicing Muslim.
On the level of the meaning of the individual words, that still seems an oxymoron to me, even if it is a common usuage.
I opine it shows courage for the Pope to do this. It would have been easy to assign a less prominent priest to baptize him, and thus personally to
avoid any controversy this might draw from anti-Catholic Muslims.
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Post 327047 posted on 23-3-2008 at 18:28
Opine? Is that in common usage in the States? It seems a little archaic here.
I would suggest that the real person showing courage is the ex-Muslim who changed his name to Christian. There will be an automatic fatwa put in
place. The Pope believes that he is God's representative on Earth. What courage would the person in that position need?