Attempts to clarify these matters ought to be made sooner rather than later.I want this thread to take some steps in that direction."Pope Benedict's statement don't reflect my own opinions", the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires declared."These statements will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last twenty years".The Vatican reacted quickly, removing one subordinate, Joaquín Piña the Archbishop of Puerto Iguazú from his post within four days of his making similar statements to the Argentine national media, sending a clear statement to Cardinal Bergoglio that he would be next should he choose to persist.Businessmen, they drink My Wine, plowmen dig My earth, None of them along the line, know what any of it is worth.
But you and I have been through that, and this is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.
I don't claim to have even come close to resolving all of the difficulties.
But I think I can clarify some points, with a lot still unsettled. The fact that the garbled numbers we have seem so easily explainable is significant.
If one of the accounts were to be accepted as accurate, would it even have much significance?
If you set out to study these issues in depth, you enter a labyrinth of garbled information, without much guidance and without a lot of hope of accomplishing much. Eyewitnesses and other sources relevant to the events in question are gradually dying off.