Pope Francis’ sarcasm @ ISIS / Islam when asked about père Jacques Hamel

isis burning children

ISIS burning children to death as young as three years old

“It is not a war of religions but for power. There is one word I wish to say to clarify. When I speak about ‘war’ I’m speaking about a war for real, not a ‘war of religions.’ It is a war about (economic) interests, money, natural resources and the domination of peoples. All religions desire peace. Other people want war.” – Pope Francis

So, does Pope Francis mean that père Jacques Hamel is not a martyr, or that the Missionaries of Charity sisters are not martyrs? That would seem to be insane and the Pope seems to think they were heroic. So, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s try to come up with something reasonable about what he said. I mean, to say that religions cannot be at war is simply stupid or malicious. I mean, let’s look at the Old Testament: was the God of the chosen people not a real God? Is the God of the Jews to be damned? Or for that matter, moving on in time, was Pope Saint Pius V an anti-Catholic for his defensive measures (very war-like mind you) at the battle of Lepanto? And for that matter, does ISIS really not intend to serve their god, Allah? Really?

How about this: Maybe Pope Francis is saying with fully intended sarcasm that Islam is not a religion at all. Hey! I like that! Finally! Yay!

But wait, that really does sound like it’s all an insult to the Jews and the Jewish God, which, by the way, is our God, the one and only God. There were good reasons for the Jews to be war-like. There were good reasons for being on the defensive at Lepanto. There is never a good reason for Islam to do what it has always done with its aggression from its beginning until this very day.

When ISIS asks the kids if they renounce Jesus and accept Islam, and the kids say no, and then the kids are burned to death, that’s all about merely trying to make a few extra bucks, right? Got it! Nothing to do with religion! Just about domination of peoples! Oh, I remember now: the Qur’an is all about subjugating the Christians and Jews. And the Qur’an is like, religious, or not, in that case. ;-)

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Filed under Interreligious dialogue, Jewish-Catholic dialogue, Pope Francis, Terrorism

4 responses to “Pope Francis’ sarcasm @ ISIS / Islam when asked about père Jacques Hamel

  1. Pope Francis is saying that these awful things being done in reality have nothing to do with belief in God.They aren’t out to convert,they are out to dominate and eventually destroy the infidels.

  2. Dear Fr. Byers, I pray your the prayer you put up for Pope Francis every day. (or almost…once or twice I was not able to, but I make it a point to do so). I will continue to do so.

    However, to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt would be equivalent to sticking my head in the sand. It’s time to face reality. This pope is contradicting the 2000 years of Catholic years of teaching. …and he thinks he is following the Holy Spirit.

    I now pray for him, not as a beloved papa, who leads the church, but because Our Lord has told us to “love” our enemies. This enemy as far as I can see, is out to destroy the Catholic Church. To say otherwise, would be a lie on my part.

    Please do not publish this comment if you think it will scandalize your readers.

  3. Father George David Byers

    I’m sure many feel as you do. We pray.

  4. The first paragraph of my comment should read:
    Dear Fr. Byers, I pray your the prayer you put up for Pope Francis every day. (or almost…once or twice I was not able to pray that day, but I make it a point to pray daily for Pope Francis). I will continue to do so.

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