That same characteristic that would allow such idiocy to pass his lips in the first place.
Turks are more likely to remember Benedict’s comment in 2004 that the European Union should not admit Turkey as a member because Turkey had always been “in permanent contrast to Europe”.
Translation: "Don't let those people in! They aren't like the rest of us!"
With Turkey’s EU membership negotiations hanging by a thread, and with persistent tensions over Islam’s presence in Europe, this week’s visit will require all the diplomatic tact of which Benedict is capable.
No overtures of good will toward men here.
In a speech to cardinals in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel soon after his election as Pope, Benedict, referring to himself in the third person, said:
“In undertaking his ministry, the new Pope knows that his task is to make the light of Christ shine in front of men and women – not his own light, but that of Christ.”
Well, this is not Christ's light we are seeing and hearing.
This is darkness being spewed.
Prejudice cannot be cleaned up by holy water, and incense won't make it smell any better