“We preach the crucified Christ – a scandal for the Jews, a folly for the pagans”.
That’s the verse from the Bible the Pope cited shortly after semi-apologizing for his remarks about Islam. This is a politically savvy and well-educated man. Such remarks coming as they did have to be assumed to be deliberate and not a lapse of judgment. But then, he did used to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a veritable bastion of true believers that once ran the Spanish Inquisition.
A rabbi responded, saying the Pope’s comments “may be unwise in the current climate.” Indeed.