This video is called Gay Message to the Pope.
The editorial there has as its title “Unnecessary provocation”.
In it, the NRC‘s editorial board states:
On the eve of a visit to Turkey, to go back to a historically charged time with a quotation prone to be read out of context, is an unnecessary provocation.
Besides, the history of the Roman Catholic church is replete with coercion and violence.
So, modesty would have been better.
Veteran columnist Jan Blokker writes: “Would the Holy Father, with his unbelievable erudition, not very easily have been able to produce one hundred quotations on his pious theme [of the abuse of religion for violence], without the need to include even one mention of Muslims?”
Peter Raedts, professor in medieval history of the Roman Catholic university of Nijmegen, writes that in the relationship between faith and reason, in which the pope‘s speech favourably contrasts Christianity to Islam, the pope’s speech is historically wrong.
M.D. Koster writes: “Why put the blame solely on the supposed evil of the Other”?
Australian criticism: here.
Benedict XVI vs. Latin American liberation theology: here.