Monday, July 25, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI invoked God's protection to "block the murderous hand" of terrorists, during his Sunday audience on July 24.
After leading the Angelus, in the second Sunday audience held during his vacation in the Italian Alps, the Pope remarked that "these days of serenity and repose have been disrupted by the tragic news of the execrable terrorist attacks" in England, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq. He offered his prayers and sympathies for the victims of those struck by "gestures that offend both God and man," and appealed to God to stop the terrorists. (bold emphasis added)
The United States Marines certainly believe they are doing God's work, but it is always helpful to have the Pope confirm it.
I'd like to know why Israel was excluded from his statement. It could have just been an error, but Israel has been more affected by terrorism than any other country with the exception of Iraq, and yet neither Pope Benedict nor Pope John Paul spoken out in defense of Israel, either as a human gesture, a moral gesture or a political one. It's possible that I just haven't seen it. If anyone knows any different, I would appreciate hearing about it.
This is a big deal. I posted long ago that the Pope needed to activate Europeans to resist dhimmitude, and that it was no accident that the Vatican council elected a German Pope.
While it would have been nice if he had had the decency to include Israel in the Club (I am a Zionist), it will be easier to activate Europeans if one also avoids the antizionism and antisemitism. Hopefully, it was a practical decision rather than heartfelt. Priorities, though. It's been centuries, we can wait a few more years.
It's about time that the Catholic Church got off the multicultural teat and called evil out. It is what it is. There is no exculpatory reasons for doing great sin, nothing in our religion which forbids us criticising it.
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