Pope Francis, in an effort to anger those that seemingly could not be any more disappointed in him, set foot in a mosque and exclaimed, “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters”.
He asked that the warring factions in the Central African Republic (CAR) to lay down their arms and they should instead arm themselves “with justice, love, mercy and authentic peace”.
Conservative Catholic’s the world over shouted in solidarity; “Whatever, hippie”.
If we’re being honest, the whole claim that the pope is a Communist has really grown stale as of late, so the claim that he is a Muslim, breathes a breath of fresh winter air into the lungs of the paranoid.
Francis, of course, was not the first pope to enter a mosque. That distinction belongs to JP2. He did so in Damascus of all places. While there, he offered these words,
“It is my ardent hope that Muslim and Christian religious leaders and teachers will present our two great religious communities as communities in respectful dialogue, never more as communities in conflict. It is crucial for the young to be taught the ways of respect and understanding, so that they will not be led to misuse religion itself to promote or justify hatred and violence.”
No one insisted that JP2 was a Communist. Actually, you can find a somewhat endless list of articles of his participation in defeating Communism during the Cold War. There are as many articles suggesting that Pope Francis is a Communist.
This is, of course, a result of fostering an environment of fear, but at least we can start hearing how Francis is a Muslim Communist rather than just a secularist and a Communist.
Peace be with you.
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