Pope Francis seems a bit exasperated when questioned about Islamic terrorism. He reaches for fatuous analogies that don’t quite work. When asked about the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France recently, the pontiff came to the defense of the Religion of Peace™, saying that he
doesn’t like speaking about Islamic violence because there is plenty of Christian violence as well . . . when he browses the newspapers, he sees violence in Italy perpetrated by Christians: “this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law . . . and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.
But surely His Holiness understands the difference between violent acts that are contrary to the teachings of one’s religion, and violence committed in the name of Islam, and with the intent of advancing Islam “for the sake of Allah.” If not, perhaps we are in need of a new pope.
And preferably one that doesn’t reach for the teachings of Karl Marx when trying to explain away the violence of Islam.
Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person — men and women — this is already the first terrorism! You have cast out the wonder of creation — man and woman — and you have put money in its place. This is a basic terrorism against all of humanity! Think about it!
At a time when so many Christians the world over are in need of encouragement and solace as they face assault and violent death at the hands of Islamists; when they might benefit spiritually from the condemnation of their assailants by a Catholic leader, and draw strength from the ‘Faith of our Fathers’ when faced with martyrdom for their beliefs; instead we have the spectacle of the Vicar of Christ making excuses for their murderers based on some imaginary economic disadvantage.
It is not the job of the pope to slander the poor. Nor to excuse the murderous violence of Islamic supremacists.