Syrian Orthodox bishops assail Patriarch for reverencing Qu’ran
[AQ moderator Tom: No image of the blasphemous event available; to my knowledge, no Catholic bishops other than those of the Society of St. Pius X criticized JP2 for kissing the koran]
Catholic World News – February 15, 2017
Six bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Church have accused their Patriarch Ignatius Ephem II of “betrayal of the faith,” after the Patriarch made a gesture of respect for the Qu’ran and referred to “the prophet Mohammed.”
During a meeting with Muslim leaders, the Syrian Patriarch raised the Qu’ran in an indication of reverence. That gesture outraged some Syrian prelates, whose protests were acknowledged by the Patriarch as a “serious internal problem” for his Orthodox community.