Was Jacques Hamel A Martyr To The Faith Or To His Illusions About Islam?

The ISIS-inspired attack on a priest and his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray is a lesson in the price Christianity pays for the fanaticism of profligate mercy.

Before the Rev. Jacques Hamel’s blood dried on the floor of his church, calls went out to place him on the fast track to sainthood. Hashtag beatification spread through Twitter: #santosubito, or “make him a saint now.” In this rush to canonize the murdered French priest, something crucial went missing.

There was a time the Catholic Church used the word dialogue differently than it does now. Historically, dialogue meant an opportunity to convey and defend the truths of the faith. It was never a companionable device to underplay irreconcilable differences and just get along. As employed today, dialogue with Islam is accommodating and uncritical, a faux-Franciscan burlesque of the real thing.

  • FactsWillOut

    The Vatican is too busy fleecing and shearing the flock to worry about Muslims. Looks like the real crusaders are the eastern Europeans, lord knows the Jews and the Christians of the west are too busy building our God-damned guarded padded cells.

  • Jay Currie

    The lefty, kumbaya chanting clergy of Christendom are not going to stand up to the Muslims for a second. They have long since renounced the Crusades and the defence of Christianity which underlay them. The very idea of the Church militant is a quaint anachronism left back in the 19th century.

    At least in places like France or England. Poland? Hungary? Much better chance of Christians defending themselves with their clergy cheering them on.

    • Poland and Hungary, yes. France and England, not so much.

      Father Hamel is a martyr in that he was a witness to the very end.

      Not a very good judge of character beforehand, though.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Stupid people don’t understand that certain things are irreconcilable and must inevitably end in conflict