Thursday, February 23, 2006

Pope Calls Islam On Peace, Love and Compassion

Apparently the new Pope is losing his patience with Islam.

The recent wave of rioting including the murder of Catholic Priests in Turkey and Nigeria were killed apparently as a reprisal for cartoons of Mohammed run in Dutch newspapers (soon thereafter republished by Danes, Germans and French newspapers).

How one decides to murder somone, even one whom your faith sees as an unbeliever, over a caricature made by someone else is beyond me.

The Vatican Secretary of State was quoted:

"If we tell our people they have no right to offend, we have to tell the others they have no right to destroy us," Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's Secretary of State (prime minister), told journalists in Rome. "

Another Catholic official was quoted calling for freedom of religion in muslim countries under the guise of reciprocity:
We must always stress our demand for reciprocity in political contacts with authorities in Islamic countries and, even more, in cultural contacts," Foreign Minister Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo told the daily Corriere della Sera.
Apparently even the Catholic churches legendary patience is wearing thin:
"Enough now with this turning the other cheek! It's our duty to protect ourselves," Monsignor Velasio De Paolis, secretary of the Vatican's supreme court, thundered in the daily La Stampa.
It is hard to believe that this series of public statements is not orchestrated or at least informally approved of by the Vatican hierarchy.

I do not believe that this less than subtle warning will work considering it has long been the habit of Islamic countries to jail Christians, Hindus, Budhists, etc for even private worship within their own homes.

Nothing short of the revivification of the Christian Military Orders and direct reciprocal action against those that order and plan the murder of Christians will deter this level of violence.

Rather like
churlish bullies until someone stands up to them and calls them to task they will be engaging in a rampage upon the playground.

Hat Tip the Drudge Report.

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