I don't have to rehash the sad account of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who was murdered by Islamic terrorists. He was beheaded while saying Mass in his parish Church. I will point out that the French, over the past few years, have literally opened their borders indiscriminately to thousands of middle east "refugees", among them Islamic terrorists.
The pope commented on the murder as he was flying to Poland. Yes, it is another plane interview with its own slew of inanities. He correctly stated that it's a war, but then went on to opine that "all religions seek peace" and then started on a "war of interests, money" etc. He is exactly incorrect when he said that the murder of Father Hamel had nothing to do with religion. In fact, the two murderers were affiliated with the Islamic State and were engaged in Islamic rituals during the beheading. In fact, terrorists consider beheading to be mandated by the quran. Yet the pope tries to reduce the motivations for such barbarism to be "money and interests". Consider how he reduces the motivations to materialistic advantage. Is that not rather symptomatic of a progressive and even socialistic mindset?
Last week LifeSiteNews gave us a glimpse into a book written by Cardinal Burke. He addresses a variety of topics in that book, including the encroachment of Islam. He states - correctly so, I might add - that Islam is, because of its own creeds, inherently unable to coexist peacefully with other religions (think about that when you see those silly "coexist" bumper strips on cars). He said that it's important to understand the differences between Islam and Christianity. I might add that one key difference is, contrary to liberal pipe-dreams, Muslims worship a false idol, not the One True God. He said that Islam, according to its own doctrine, must also become the state. Look at Dearborn Michigan. We need to wake up, both to Islam and the threats of unbridled and illegal immigration.
The LifeSiteNews piece also mentions the warnings of Cardinal Sarah uttered last year about the dangers of Islam. In the wake of Father Hamel's murder, Cardinal Sarah issued another warning as he asked how many decapitations would it take for European leaders to realize the situation in which the West finds itself.
Other clergy are sounding the alarm as well. Father George Rutler, a priest from the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City, wrote of the destructive influence of pacifism and called on the west to wake up. Sadly some refuse to acknowledge the truth. Following the progressive scripts to perfection, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville TX likened the deportation of illegal immigrants to abortion. In other words, he reduced the victims of abortion to political props to justify his progressive proclivities. Conveniently he forgets that several of the 9/11 terrorists waltzed across the border like so many others. How many more of these do we now have in the U.S.?
When will our bishops and yes, pope, man up and face the fact that Islam is opposed to Christianity and stop coddling it?