The Vatican Press Office has issued a statement with regard to the Cartoon Affair. It is an “unsigned” statement, so we don’t know exactly from which office it emanated. The statement condemns:
- Any assertion of a “right” to offend the religious sentiment of believers in the name of the right to freedom of thought and expression
- Forms of exasperated criticism or derision of others which manifest a lack of human sensitivity
- Any reaction in the face of offense which fails the true spirit of all religion, eg. reactions of violent protest
The voice of reason.