Last rites declaration of Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol Wojtyla)
2nd April 2005
one word I destroy all your reasoning. "But China obscures," say
you; and I answer, "China obscures, but there is clearness to be found; seek
Thus all that you say makes for one of the views and not at all against the
So this serves, and does no harm.
We must, then, see this in detail; we must put the papers on the table.
594. Against the history of China.--The historians of Mexico, the five suns,
of which the last is only eight hundred years old.
The difference between a book accepted by a nation and one which makes a
595. Mahomet was without authority. His reasons, then, should have been very
strong, having only their own force. What does he say, then, that we must
596. The Psalms are chanted throughout the whole world.
Who renders testimony to Mahomet? Himself. Jesus Christ desires His own
testimony to be as nothing.
The quality of witnesses necessitates their existence always and everywhere;
and he, miserable creature, is alone.
597. Against Mahomet.--The Koran is not more of Mahomet than the Gospel is
of Saint Matthew, for it is cited by many authors from age to age. Even its
very enemies, Celsus and Porphyry, never denied it.
The Koran says Saint Matthew was an honest man. Therefore Mahomet was a
false prophet for calling honest men wicked, or for not agreeing with what
they have said of Jesus Christ.
598. It is not by that which is obscure in Mahomet, and which may be
interpreted in a mysterious sense, that I would have him judged, but by what
is clear, as his paradise and the rest. In that he is ridiculous. And since
what is clear is ridiculous, it is not right to take his obscurities for
It is not the same with the Scripture. I agree that there are in it
obscurities as strange as t