I know this will tick a lot of my readers off (so what else is new?)

But I don’t see that this is particularly wrong.The council calls us to affirm what can be affirmed in common with Islam. He’s not doing or saying anything that John Paul (and Peter Kreeft, for that matter) haven’t said or done. A few years ago, when the Clinton administration was trying to impose abortion on the world at Cairo, the Pope said (and conservatives affirmed) pretty much was Law says here: that we do have much in common with Islam vs. the secular culture of death. Apart from the messenger (and Amy’s made some salient points here) what’s wrong with the message?