It seems that every time the Pope gets within five feet of a Muslim nowadays, the Vatican has to issue some kind of clarification. We all remember the hub bub over the Pope’s remarks regarding ancient Islam’s relationship with philosophy a while back. That took weeks of clarifications, burning effigies, and non-apologies to get over. Now, because the Pope dared to baptize a non-observant Muslim on Easter, the world is threatening to burn again (don’t worry, the world is almost always threatening to burn.) A Vatican aide has issued a “clarification” saying in part that the baptism wasn’t really meant as an offense or triumphalist maneuver on the part of the Holy Father.

I mean, really, how could anyone think that the Pope would want to do anything triumphalist by receiving famous converts into the Catholic Church? And on Easter, of all days!