Irony, Hypocrisy and Cowardice
Irony. Irony is being so offended that someone thinks your religion taught violence against other religions 600 years ago that you torch churches, hurl firebombs and open fire at churches of another religion. More irony. When your mad at the Pope and you burn Protestant or Orthodox churches today.
Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is calling your beliefs the religion of peace and turning to violence at the least verbal provocation against them, whether it’s a picture of Mohammed or a scholarly address quoting a 14th century emperor.
So Moslems are offended that the Pope said that someone else said their religion was violent. There’s an old saying about what you do when the shoe fits that seems appropriate.
Cowardice. Cowardice is the successor to St. Peter expressing “regret” over the remarks that set off the insanity instead of having the courage of his convictions and stating the obvious in the face of the violence. The successor to St. Peter. St. Peter, crucified upside down because he didn’t consider himself worthy to be crucified the same way as his Lord.
In the Pope’s favor, Peter had trouble finding the courage of his convictions initially, too. I guess the Pope gets two more denials before the cock crows. If he finds his conviction the Holy Father might be the rock not just of the Church but of civilization. Let’s hope that cock crows soon.