"The facade of an apology created by uttering obligatory words of remorse devoid of actual regret, contrition, or even an admission of guilt."
("When saying you're sorry is unavoidable, the unpology is a Republican's best friend!")
(Found via a place online called: "perrspectives")
Actual example of an unpology from today, (9/1/2007): "I apologize... I have little control over what people choose to believe." (...about my pleading guilty to lewd behavior in the men's room at the airport.) -- Senator Larry Craig, (R)Idaho
A passive statement which accepts that some hurt happened, and which laments that pain was caused, but which fails to acknowledge any responsibility on the part of the speaker for what took place.
The following extract is from an unpology issued by the Vatican in response to the 2009 Murphy Report on sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese: "After careful study of the Report, the Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its contents. He wishes once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises ... The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland ... The Holy See takes very seriously the central issues raised by the Report, including questions concerning the governance of local Church leaders with ultimate responsibility for the pastoral care of children ..."