The following originally appeared at MACLEANS.ca on September 29, 2006.
The assumption is that Pope Benedict XVI made a mistake.
In the world of politics or business, remarks that set off a firestorm of criticism are considered to be a gaffe, quickly to be withdrawn and hopefully forgotten â€“ even if, or especially if, they are true.
Reactions of some fanatics does not help open dialogue.
Originally Published in the National Post on Saturday, September 16, 2006.
The eruption of rage in some quarters of the Islamic world against Pope Benedict XVI requires that several tough things be said.
Painful though it may be, speaking frankly is necessary if there is to be honest and open dialogue between the Abrahamic faiths. Given the reaction to Benedict’s address, though, one wonders if that dialogue is even possible.