Pope Francis

Is There Room in the Catholic Church for Those Who Don’t Believe Islam is a Religion of Peace?

Last Wednesday, I had a lively discussion with Msgr. Stuart Swetland, president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, on Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show, on whether or not Islam was a religion of violence. Msgr. Swetland argued not only that Islam was a religion of peace, but that to believe otherwise was to place oneself in opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Now, I’m a Catholic. But if Msgr. Swetland is correct, I may not be one for long.

h/t Marvin

  • Dana Garcia

    Isn’t Spencer a Greek Melkite? Do they fall under the bootheel of Rome?

  • simus1

    Being a holy parrot is usually an easy choice for an ambitious jellyfish.

  • Spatchcocked

    Benedict had to offer a milk and water apology to Islamic poobahs for his Regensburg address…

    But at least he was openly critical of their orthodoxy.

    Whereas the pope who’s a dope wouldn’t dare hint that anything is amiss in Islamic precept and practice.

    I don’t credit that his reluctance is some deep Jesuit ploy….I think he is taking the gospel to an absurd extreme ….

    No sky pilot he….

    • JaedoDrax

      Benedict’s previous job might have had something to do with his feelings towards Islam… but obviously the church couldn’t have that, and had to do away with Benedict as leader of the church.

      Rancis, and the current holder of Benedict’s previous job are both from the same faction.

  • Martin B

    After Jan III Sobieski won his glorious victory at the Battle of Vienna, Pope Innocent XI hailed him as the savior of Christendom and civilization. No doubt Bergoglio and Swetland would scold him for disrespecting the Religion of Peace. Imagine if the likes of them had been in charge in 1683.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I long for a warrior pope.

      • Slickfoot

        I’ll embrace Catholicism if one appears.

  • Justin St.Denis

    First off, Pope Francis is NOT a Roman Catholic, he is a Jesuit. Second, any pope’s political opinions are just that – opinions. A pope’s opinions do not constitute Roman Catholic dogma. Monsignor Swetland, it seems, is either a Jesuit, a communist, an idiot or a fool. He might also be all four.

    • Yet Saints Ignatius and Francis Xavier are among the community of saints.

      You are right about the dogma (SEE: surah 5:75, Apostles’ Creed, Pope Francis, reading thereof).

  • xavier

    Yeah there is. Beside Raymond Cardinal Burke, there are the African bishops and cardinals

    Seriously, ignore the kumbaya faction and stand fast to the truth. Francis is a parenthesis like every other pope.
    Keep reading,find like minded Catholic, prepare yourself spiritually and physically. Our time’s coming and the parishioners will appreciate our presence

  • Tweety58

    The Pope is only infallible when he is speaking EX CATHEDRA on the Faith.

    His personal opinions carry no more weight with Catholics than do mine.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The MSM has never – in my entire lifetime – been capable of wrapping their heads around that. I am almost 60.

  • Tweety58

    An infallible pronouncement—whether made by the pope alone or by an ecumenical council—usually is made only when some DOCTRINE (not opinion ) has been called into question. Most doctrines have never been doubted by the large majority of Catholics.

    Believing Islam Is A Religion Of Peace is hardly a doctrine,and we Catholics are free to ignore/disagree with this Pope’s OPINION.

  • I keep saying this:

    “The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have
    passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth. They both
    used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the signs; then look
    how they are deluded.”


    That is not compatible with Catholic teaching.

    And then there’s the violence and stuff.

  • Gary

    The Pope and Catholic’s are going to get Christians killed.

  • John

    Yet another queer in a black robe.

    There,s nothing to misunderstand when a Muslim slits the throat of a Catholic priest in France while that priest says Mass.

    Nothing at all.

    The Catholic Church no longer provides any kind of leadership. I can remember when the pews were full and the clergy’s sermons on message.