Sandro Magister, Italy’s most important Vatican observer, sheds light on the Pope’s silences:
“He remained silent on the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. He remained silent on the young Sudanese mother Meriam, sentenced to death solely for being Christian and finally liberated by the intervention of others. He remains silent on the Pakistani mother Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for five years, because she too is an ‘infidel’, and [He] does not even reply to the two heartrending letters she has written to him this year, before and after the reconfirmation of the sentence.”
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI, in his Regensburg lecture, said what no Pope had ever dared to say — that there is a link between violence and Islam. Ten years later, Pope Francis never calls those responsible for anti-Christian violence by name, and never mentions the word “Islam.”
Reality check: There is light somewhere near the end of most tunnels (because we live on a spherical planet, so one must just keep digging … ).
The light so far is: One day, most Catholic churches in Canada will be nice little blocks of condos.
So, Asia, if you wrote to a faithful Catholic like me, she might answer you privately, fast and pray. That’s all it amounts to now, just as it was two millennia ago.
The rest is real estate.
See also: Further to March for Life 2016 as an exercise in futility