It’s difficult when Pope Francis’ words come down through the secular media, but did Pope Francis say these things when asked why he doesn’t call Islamic terrorism what it is?
“I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence because every day when I open the newspapers I see acts of violence, here in Italy: someone kills his girlfriend, someone else his mother-in-law…and these violent people are baptized Catholics! They are violent Catholics…If I spoke about Islamic violence, I would also have to speak about Catholic violence.”
“Terrorism is everywhere! … Terrorism … increases whenever there is no other option, when the global economy is centered on the god of money and not the human person, men and women. This is already a first form of terrorism. You’ve driven out the marvel of creation, man and woman, and put money in their place. This is a basic act of terrorism against all humanity. We should think about it.”
First of all. Catholics do not kill in the name of Christ. When Islamic terrorists kill, they do so in the name of Allah.
Secondly, there are poor people the world over. They have not taken up arms because they are poor. Plainly speaking, Islamic terrorism doesn’t come from economics; it comes from its theology. You don’t murder a priest on the altar in the name of Allah because you are poor.
I guess my question is first: Am I misinterpreting the Holy Father? If I’m not, how do I reconcile this when I don’t agree with what he says?