Francis: “It’s like a fruit salad”

From the presser back from Poland today.

Antoine Marie Izoarde, i.Media: “Holy Father, before all I make the congratulations to you and Father Lombardi and also to Fr. Spadaro for the feast of St. Ignatius, if you allow me. The question is a little difficult: Catholics are a bit in shock, and not only in France, after the barbarous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel – as you know well – in his church while celebrating the Holy Mass. Four days ago you here told us that all religions want peace. But this holy, 86-year-old priest was clearly killed in the name of Islam. So Holy Father, I have two brief questions: why do you, when you speak of these violent events, always speak of terrorists, but never of Islam, never use the word Islam? And then, aside from prayer and dialogue, which are obviously essential, what concrete initiatives can you advise or suggest in order to counteract Islamic violence? Thank you, Holiness.”
Pope Francis: “I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy… 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 . . . and no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything. There are violent persons of this religion… this is true: I believe that in pretty much every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. Fundamentalists. We have them. When fundamentalism comes to kill, it can kill with the language — the Apostle James says this, not me — and even with a knife, no? I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence. This is not right or true. I had a long conversation with the imam, the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar University, and I know how they think . . . They seek peace, encounter . . . The nuncio to an African country told me that the capital where he is there is a trail of people, always full, at the Jubilee Holy Door. And some approach the confessionals — Catholics — others to the benches to pray, but the majority go forward, to pray at the altar of Our Lady… these are Muslims, who want to make the Jubilee. They are brothers, they live… When I was in Central Africa, I went to them, and even the imam came up on the Popemobile… We can coexist well… But there are fundamentalist groups, and even I ask… there is a question… How many young people, how many young people of our Europe, whom we have left empty of ideals, who do not have work… they take drugs, alcohol, or go there to enlist in fundamentalist groups. One can say that the so-called ISIS, but it is an Islamic State which presents itself as violent . . . because when they show us their identity cards, they show us how on the Libyan coast how they slit the Egyptians’ throats or other things… But this is a fundamentalist group which is called ISIS… but you cannot say, I do not believe, that it is true or right that Islam is terrorist.”

I’m at a loss where to start.  He really said it all.
Catholic Fundamentalists are just as bad as Jihadists.

4 thoughts on “Francis: “It’s like a fruit salad””

  1. When you can not discern good and evil and everything is relative, then it is time to step down as Pope and run for Congress or UN director.

  2. This is absolutely sinister if not diabolical on the part of this destroyer of the Catholic Church! To make the attempt to drag down Catholicism into the same gutter as Islam and equate Islamic Jihad with domestic crime committed by someone who just happens to be Catholic is irresponsible, unintelligent, and so grossly misleading, its almost unbelievable. I say “almost” because I know it is intentional, as this comment among almost everything else this false prophet says, is motivated by his objective to tear down. He is walking, talking, prophecy, come alive before our very eyes.

  3. I am reaching a point of being utterly appalled by what this pope lets loose. For the first time in my life I am outraged at what a pope is saying. What is wrong with him? What can be done?

  4. I cannot speak about the pope’s meaning, understanding, or motives since he is afterall the pope and God has his purposes comcerning this pope, but I will speak about the demoralizing confusion these and other statements have caused. Today I feel like it is a sin against charity to accept the orthodox and consistently taught doctrines of the Church and am constantly having to examine my conscience after this pope speaks. Maybe that is what God wants…I dont know but it certainly has paralyzed me from acting, teaching, or speaking in defense of what the Church has taught. It emboldens the Church’s enemies and demoralizes those who love their faith. None of this can be good

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