Pope's apology not good enough
(This is the second of two posts on the Pope's comments)
Warning: I'm going to be cynical here. I differed in thinking with Pope John Paul II but I believed in his essential goodness and his desire to work with those with differing viewpoints.
Pope Ratz does not elicit the same from me. He's shaping up to be a conniving triumphalist with, at best, an immature theology.
After remarks that anyone who's ever had a friend would recognize as inflammatory and demeaning, the Pope attempted to apologize. Sort of.
He gave the ol' backhanded: I'm sorry you're hurt BS. Or: I'm sorry you're not strong enough to face the truth about yourself.
After having quoted a 14th Century Christian saying that Muhammed's offerings were evil and inhuman, he apologized, claiming that, "the medieval text which he quoted did not express in any way his personal opinion, adding the speech was an invitation to respectful dialogue."
Mmmm, nice job.
Predictably, many Muslims did not accept his apology which ought to have gone more like this: "Oy vey, why did I say something so stupid which would have enraged Christians, Jews, Hindus or any other religion were the tables turned! Please forgive me. As the spiritual leader of a billion people it's my calling to lead people to ever greater levels of awareness of our unity under God. My bad."
Around the world, according to BBC, there's been an upsurge in Muslim on Christian violence. Now, it's tempting to look for it, so it's information that should be taken with a meal of caution but Lord knows the long range results of this kind of division are never rosy.
Be that as it may, Muslims should take extra care to take the high road and peacefully demand an apology. It would do nothing to undermine the Pope's bigotry to respond with the fist.