Is it appropriate for Pope Francis to accept the Charlemagne Prize?

It seems odd that the Holy Father should so openly take one side in the controversy over European integration

As role models for a 21st-century pope go, our ancestor Charles the Great falls short of the ideal: a womaniser and warlord, he was also somewhat intolerant when it came to interfaith matters, having 10,000 Saxons put to death for refusing to abandon paganism. As his grandfather Charles Martel also had a rather straightforward approach to Islam, I can’t imagine the younger Charles would have been so keen on the whole interfaith thing.

He was, however, a firm believer in European unity, so long as he was the one in charge, which is how his name came to be attached to the Charlemagne Prize, an award given out every year to an individual who has promoted European unity.

  • How does European unity include erasing borders and submitting to Islamic invaders. Better to have a Charles Martel prize.

  • Martin B

    Pope Francis should take a vow of silence.

    • Send him back to Brazil.

      • Carlos_Perera

        I share the sentiment . . . but he is from Argentina, not Brazil.

        • Ford Prefect

          Brazil has enough problems they do not need this walking skid mark also.

          • Carlos_Perera

            Argentina is no bed of roses either. It is just about as broke as Brazil (but with a more pleasant climate, admittedly).

          • DavidinNorthBurnaby

            Why not keep it simple and send him to ISIS? They can “choir boy” him, so to speak. 😀

  • canminuteman

    Adolph Hitler, Joe Stalin, Napoleon Bonaparte and Kaiser Wilhelm also promoted European Unity.

  • simus1

    Pope Evita Bergoglio seems to fit the profile of previous “winners”.
    Sort of a super Order of Canada doled out to the usual siuspects.
    Pity it wasn’t jointly awarded also to his buddy erdogan.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    There was once a Stalin Peace Prize too.

    • Maurice Miner

      I now know that the world is upside-down, when the Pope lies to me, and Donald Trump expresses the truth.

  • ontario john

    The Book of Revelation warns about a one world church led by the Anti-Christ. I expect a merging of Islam, the Catholic Church and the liberal churches during the end times.

  • Ego

    This pope has betrayed the Catholic Church and all Catholics, especially those who were among the “refugees” he visited. He is leading his flock and everyone listening to him right to the slaughterhouse. He is either incredibly stupid, or else he knows exactly what he is doing. I can’t decide which is worse.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      I think he knows what he’s doing. He’s evil.

  • “…having 10,000 Saxons put to death for refusing to abandon paganism.”

    Would you believe that Christopher Lee recorded a heavy metal song about that?

    Yes, that Christopher Lee.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Well, they were pagans!
      I’ll have to look into that and make sure that event isn’t just another anti-Christian smear.
      I used to feel bad for the Aztecs until I found out what they were really into, then it was “go smallpox”!

  • jack burns

    Pope Hack I. Has anybody ever seen him and Lloyd Blankfein in the same place?

  • Ford Prefect

    Nobody has told him that he has zero power none he can say what ever he wants but he can make nobody do anything. He is so stupid that you can not support him and be a Practical Catholic at the same time.