The Pope and Islam

  • 2006-09-20
  • By Gwynne Dyer
On a scale of one to 10, Pope Benedict XVI's first attempt at an apology was barely a three. He said nothing himself, but on Sept. 16 Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the world that "The Holy Father is very sorry that some passages of his speech may have sounded offensive to the sensibilities of Muslim believers." That didn't stop the protests that have been building in the Muslim world since the Pope gave the speech on Sept. 12 to an academic audience in Germany, so on Sunday he tried again. Speaking from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, he said: "I am deeply sorry fo...
 
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