Vatican describes crusades as "noble"
According to this article, from the Times, the Vatican appears to have had a change of heart, for some reason, now describing the crusades as having the "noble aim" of regaining the holy land for Christianity:
The late Pope John Paul II sought to achieve Muslim- Christian reconciliation by asking “pardon” for the Crusades during the 2000 Millennium celebrations. But John Paul’s apologies for the past “errors of the Church” — including the Inquisition and anti-Semitism — irritated some Vatican conservatives. According to Vatican insiders, the dissenters included Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict reached out to Muslims and Jews after his election and called for dialogue. However, the Pope, who is due to visit Turkey in November, has in the past suggested that Turkey’s Muslim culture is at variance with Europe’s Christian roots.You would almost think that the current Pope, who claims to be interested in peace, really has very different views in private. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts