The Pope is irrelevant. Most Catholics don’t listen to him and neither should Muslims. Simple.
Apologies don’t mean much especially because more often than not, the person offering it was coerced into it and isn’t really sorry.
I wrote an email to our Information Systems Manager at work detailing my complaints about some work he did and he got all huffed and puffed and wrote to my director saying that I was rude and curt with him.
I didn’t feel that I had been rude but my immediate supervisor said that I had to apologize to him. I wasn’t sorry and couldn’t bring myself to use the word “apologize”.
It has been brought to my attention that you were offended by one of my emails to you last week. I accept that my choice of words may have been received negatively. I regret if the tone of my email caused you any distress since that was not my intention…
Then, I read the words of Benjamin Disraeli:
Never apologize for showing emotion. When you do so you are apologizing for truth.
I couldn’t agree more.