Compare and contrast this:
The first link contains an apology from His Holiness the Pope, together with a recognition that he made mistakes in the Bishop Richard Williamson affair. Williams is the guy who denies the Holocaust and is friendly with David Irving.
I wrote about it in a guest blog for The Times on Holocaust Memorial Day here:
The second and third links, from the same paper, express concern at what goes on in some Muslim schools and teaching establishments in this country.
The first article, about the Pope, contains the following:
The Pope, who is due to visit Israel, described the [Williamson] affair as an unforseeable mishap and thank Jewish leaders for helping to defuse it.
So, here we have an example of the world's leading Christian leader apologizing for a mistake. He thanks those who were extremely hurt and offended by his mistake for being magnanimous towards him and his oversights. Those being magnanimous are Jewish. The Pope will soon be visiting the country in which most Jews live, i.e. Israel.
Maybe the Muslim teachers, spiritual leaders and educators could learn something from this episode in Christian-Jewish relations.
Unlike the famous film, love is actually knowing that as a human being you are fallible and sometimes have to say 'sorry'. Grace is knowing how to accept the apology gracefully. Christians and Jews seem to know how to do both these things.
This is a good moment in Christian-Jewish relations.
For it is as blessed to receive as to give.