Faith, Reason and the University

On his lecture last September 12, 2006 regarding “Faith, Reason and the University” in the University of Regensburg, where he was formerly a professor, Pope Benedict XVI quoted the opinion of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos, saying:

Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

pope.jpgThe quotation from this medieval text drew condemnation from a number of individual governmental representatives and various muslim religious leaders urging the Pope to retract his statement and issue an apology about it. Two cases of bomb attacks in churches in the West Bank in Germany were said to be linked to that statement.

On September 17, Pope Benedict publicly expressed that he was “sorrowed” by the reactions in some countries and stressed that the words which ‘were considered offensive’ were not his own, but were quoted from a medieval text.

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The First Day in Doha

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We arrived at the Doha International Airport at 11:20 (Doha time) in the morning of August 31, 2006. The temperature was particularly hot, at around 40 degrees centigrade.

We are yet to report to the Ernst & Young Office on Monday, September 4, 2006. There are two things certain, though:

  • That I’m now formally an OFW; and
  • That I now officially transfer from Deloitte to Ernst & Young

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Ready to Go!

Whew!

It has been a very busy week! Almost everything is already set. Ready to go, indeed!

Other than the shopping spree last Sundaythat I have been to, I’ve nothing more to say. I spent around twenty thousand pesos for shopping! Can you believe that?

doha-shopping-center.jpgWell, to my avid readers, I guess we’ll just read from each other when I’ll be in Doha, Qatar.

From wikipedia:

Doha (Arabic: ??????;, Ad-Daw?ah or Ad-D??ah), population 400,051 (2005 census), is the capital of Qatar, and is at 25.3° N 51.5333° E, on the Persian Gulf. The city is home to Doha International Airport and the major oil and fishing industries. Doha is also home to Education City, an area devoted to research and education.

More info about Doha, Qatar.