Two items on the, ah, life in religion:

The Telegraph – Challenging the Church

Five times in the last 2,000 years the Church has to all appearances gone to the dogs,” wrote GK Chesterton. “In each case it was the dogs that died.”

He was writing about the Catholic Church, as it happens, but the same can be said of Christianity in general, and in England, too. New figures show that Christian faith in these islands is tenacious of life.

Well, but anyway, the most interesting one:

PigBoatSailor – Vatican to Islam: ‹^›‹(ò¿ó)›‹^›

I had posts on a very interesting statement from the Anglican church in Nigeria, including:

May we at this stage remind our Muslim brothers that they do not have the monopoly of violence in this nation. Nigeria belongs to all of us – Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. No amount of intimidation can Change this time-honoured arrangement in this nation. C.A.N. may no longer be able to contain our restive youths should this ugly trend continue.

And the violence that quickly followed:

Christian youths burned the corpses of Muslims on Thursday on the streets of Onitsha in southeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit by religious riots that have killed at least 146 people across the country in five days.

But then PigBoatSailor finds this:

Following this outbreak, Reuters reported that Pope Benedict “signaled his concern on Monday when he told the new Moroccan ambassador to the Vatican that peace can only be assured by “respect for the religious convictions and practices of others, in a reciprocal way in all societies.” ” Additionally, other Vatican leaders expanded on the Pope’s message by saying, “If we tell our people they have no right to offend, we have to tell the others they have no right to destroy us,” [Vatican Secretary of State], and also, “The West has had relations with the Arab countries for half a century, mostly for oil, and has not been able to get the slightest concession on human rights,” and “Enough now with this turning the other cheek! It’s our duty to protect ourselves.” [Secretary of the Vatican Supreme Court]

Go ahead, read that last part again. Enough turning the other cheek. Says a Vatican official. Yikes.

Emphases his.

So a clash of cultures moves one step closer, and both the Anglican and Catholic Churches have come firmly down against appeasement. No wonder this was splashed all over the headlines. Oh wait…