The NYT editorial board decided to admonish Pope Benedict XVI today for trying to open a dialog with the Islamic world on his terms only. It ends with this laughable paragraph:
In offering his regrets, the pope said that in its totality, his speech was intended as “an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect.” In living up to that, he and other top Vatican officials will have to accept that genuine communication cannot occur on their terms only.
Indeed. My question, though, is this: Exactly what part of burning the Pope in effigy constitutes genuine communication?