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Pope Says ‘Violence’ In Iraq Offends God And Humanity

From Reuters:

Pope says the violence in Iraq offends God and humanity

By Isla Binnie | August 10, 2014

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis said that violence and destruction in Iraq offends God and humanity and he held a silent prayer for victims of the conflict during his weekly address in Rome on Sunday.

So it’s "violence" that is the problem, not militant Islam? Which raises the question, why won’t Pope ever denounce Islam? He is perfectly happy to denounce capitalism. Why not Islam?  (Note to self: maybe capitalism should declare itself to be a religion.)

"We are left incredulous and dismayed by the news coming from Iraq," the Argentine-born pontiff said… "Thousands of people, among them many Christians, banished brutally from their houses, children dying of hunger and thirst as they flee, women kidnapped, people massacred, violence of all kinds, destruction everywhere … All of this deeply offends God and deeply offends humanity." …

It’s nice that the Pope mentioned Christians. Though, apparently it’s was the Yazidis that awoke his sudden concern.

After all, ISIS has been slaughtering the Christians in Iraq for months now. And Muslims in general have been slaughtering Christians all around the world for decades. And yet they never gotten one word of concern from Pope Francis or any of his predecessors.

A hush fell over the crowd in Saint Peter’s Square after Francis, who has been tweeting calls to pray for the people of Iraq over the last two days, interrupted his prepared speech to ask for a moment of silence.

Francis thanked volunteers in Iraq and said his personal envoy Cardinal Fernando Filoni would leave Rome for Iraq on Monday, "to assure those dear people that I am near them".

The Vatican said in a statement later on Sunday that the Pope met Filoni to discuss the mission, which is intended to show solidarity with Christians in Iraq in particular, and gave the envoy a sum of money to provide urgent help to the people worst affected…

Once again, where has he been? In a cave?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Pope Says ‘Violence’ In Iraq Offends God And Humanity”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This confirms my belief the Dope, I mean Pope has not read the Bible ..

  2. Petronius says:

    I’m still waiting for the Pope to condemn the terrorism of the IRA.

    [Sounds of many crickets chirping while dear Petronius waits patiently for an answer.]

  3. Astravogel says:

    Yeah, and what about the Albegensians?

  4. Mithrandir says:

    The minute I gave up on the Catholic church was when I realized it was Jesus Incorporated. The Vatican is swimming in wealth, yet preaches others to help the poor. The local church leaders are better dressed, drive better cars, are quite over-weight from eating so well, bleech, I woke up.

    After this, I threw away all my brown / green scapulars, specially blessed nicknacks, amulets, rosary beads, and all the other heretical witchcraftian things that have no basis in religion.

    Oh, and also a male friend of mine was raped by my former church leader when I was a kid, and didn’t know it at the time, but was conditioning me as well.

    No no no no. Refraining from using the pulpit to chastise Islam is just one of many many problems this billion-member church has to come to terms with. –Glad I and my kids are no longer associated with it in any way, and never will be.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      When GovCo and ChurchCo combine, you have Henry the VIII’s England.

      A mob by any other name, is still a mob. And still stinks.

      The bible says to revel in your solitude but to also share the faith with others. However, in the US, (and I’m not anti-capitalist), the church is a business. But in old Europe it also was a business.

      By reading the bible and understanding it, sometimes with the help of a non-profit oriented nor agenda-driven pastor or minister, one can find the real truth and even revel in the Word of God and quietly be content with that.

      Many have said that “If God hadn’t created man, then man most certainly would’ve created Him.”

      And in organized religion these days, the Almighty seems to be back-seated to allow the church to dictate who gets to sit at the cool table. It’s that hierarchy human behavior, as it is with clubs, teams, groups.

      As Mark Levin said today, people are political, as Aristotle pointed out, “What separates people from animals is that people are political.” He meant that people, the way we interact with one another is a peculiar and unique competition at times and occasional team-building with like-minded types.

      But we’re all political. That includes the church.

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