Monday, September 18, 2006

An opportunity for Pope Benedict...

A friend wrote me an email over the weekend complaining that the Muslim world was overreacting to what the Pope said last week in Germany. There was a suggestion that some might be deliberately agitating to stir up resentment of Christianity.

In his latest "apology" the Pope himself expresses surprise at the response to his comments. It seems to me this is a good example of a situation where PERCEPTION IS THE SAME AS REALITY. It really doesn't matter what the Pope intended to say. It's how his statement was perceived in the Muslim world that counts.

It is time for Benedict to show a little Christian humility and say an unqualified "I'm sorry!" That would set a good example.