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Monday, August 1, 2016

In Wake of Islamic Violence Pope Insists Catholics Are Violent Too

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In a press conference Sunday, Pope Francis appeared to suggest that all religions are equally prone to violence and that Islam and Christianity are the same in this regard.

When asked by a journalist about the “barbarous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel” in northern France who was clearly “killed in the name of Islam” last Tuesday, the Pope replied that he doesn’t like speaking about Islamic violence because there is plenty of Christian violence as well.

In the brief press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Krakow, Poland, the Pope said that every day 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,” Francis said. “And no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything.” READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: He didn't just say that, did he? A "fruit salad"?  One of his own priests just had his head ritually removed by a couple of Islamic "holy warriors" in the name of Allah and, to the mind of Pope Francis, this act of jihad is no different than the random Christian guy who murders his mother-in-law on the nightly news?  I wish our Holy Father had been joking, but he wasn't.  

At this point, it seems safe to say that the Holy Father must either be mentally impaired somehow, or he's actively working to destabilize the Church in an already dangerous world being made so much worse by the troubling words, confusing actions and now negligence of the world's most powerful spiritual leader. 

Assuming Pope Francis is still in possession of his wits, one can only speculate as to who it might be that is giving him these bizarre marching orders. Is he operating as a one-man papal wrecking ball solely on the ambition of his own massive ego? Or  is there someone else--something else--that has commissioned him to wage what amounts to an unholy war on the Church he himself heads up?

When following the Pope's efforts to 'make a mess' all over the world,  Our Lord's words to St. Peter in Matthew 16 come to mind:  "Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men."

Pray for Pope Francis that his faith does not fail him any more than it already has. God help us, Holy Father, please stop making messes.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.