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Vatican OK with using force as “last resort” against ISIS, on the off chance we might come to it some day

“…Perhaps most depressing in this minimalist and insipid declarative sentence is the meticulous avoidance – by the Catholic Church – of any mention that the Christians in the Middle East were there first. This and gaping eloquent silence on the long history of Islamic conquest and brutal subjugation – is all the acknowledgement they get from the pope’s representative for 1700 years of suffering.

So, why is it a bad thing to violently wipe out the remaining shreds of the (native) Christian civilisation? Well, because, Diversity!

In our globalized world, pluralism is an enrichment. The presence and the contributions of ethnic and religious communities reflect an ancient diversity and a common heritage. A future without the different communities in the Middle East will run a high risk of new forms of violence, exclusion, and the absence of peace and development.

A journalist friend in Rome told me that he has occasionally interviewed high-ranking representatives of the Vatican’s diplomatic service and confronted them about their habitual diffidence and addiction to UN-speak. He said that he asked why in none of their official statements they ever actually come out and say anything Christian. That they never forthrightly proclaim that Christianity – that Christ – is the solution to all this. The reaction, he said, was one of blank incomprehension.

  • simus1

    Or to put it in universally understood terms:
    “Where are the customers’ yachts?”

  • Barbara

    The answer may lie partially in that as horrific as ISIL is today, they do not have the market cornered on cruelty historically. I have a 4 inch thick book entitled the ‘Martyr’s Mirror’ and a peaceful century was when there were ‘only beheadings’. It covers first century through to mid 17th century, treatment of the Waldenses/anabaptists. The historical book references however that the reason there are relative few references to persecution from the Musselman is due to current (1600′) fear of authors. Maybe Christians must forgive oneanother and unite.

    • There is no lack of Muslim Atrocity. The Martyrs of Otranto, murdered by Muslims

  • MannieP

    If violence is not the last resort, then you haven’t used enough of it.

  • Millie_Woods

    Time to dust off an old Stalin quote.

    “How many divisions does the pope have?”

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Isn’t there a provision in the C.C.C. for putting up an opposite, but equal defense???

  • The Goat
  • oldguy

    This Pope is going to do to the Catholic church what Obama is doing to America.

  • Stronger language and action is needed by everyone.

    Pope Francis must remember his predecessor’s experiences.