What the Pope Said

Primary sources exposed and explained.
Sept. 18 2006 5:12 PM

What the Pope Said


Pope Benedict XVI issued what may not be his last  apology over remarks he made Sept. 12 in Bavaria that left Muslims in an uproar. Scroll down to read what the ruckus is all about. As the fourth footnote, below, points out, the Vatican has revised the official English text (which I've taken from its Web site), apparently because the initial translation understated the degree to which the pope, in the original German, distanced himself from the controversial quotation.*

Note to readers: The format of this column has changed. Previously, footnotes appeared when you rolled your mouse over the highlighted passages. Now I ask you to clickon the highlighted portions. The footnotes will remain there until you close them. You may need to reset your browser to allow popup windows.


Got a Hot Document? Sent it to documents@slate.com. Please indicate whether you wish to remain anonymous.

*Correction:An earlier version of this column stated, incorrectly, that the pope never uttered the mollifying language belatedly inserted into the English-language text. Review of the videotaped speech by three individuals fluent in German establishes that the pope did indeed include that language.





Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His  book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.



Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 3:13 PM Why Countries Make Human Rights Pledges They Have No Intention of Honoring
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM The Global Millionaires Club Is Booming and Losing Its Exclusivity
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 1:47 PM The Best Way to Fry an Egg
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.