Pope Francis is a contrast to his two predecessors. It would be hard to imagine either Pope John-Paul II or Pope Benedict saying the sort of things that Pope Francis does.
Many of his remarks contradict basic Christian beliefs, let alone those that are unique to Roman Catholicism. It really makes one wonder what he is doing. Could it be that he holds leftist, socialist beliefs that are more sacred to him that his Christian faith? It would seem so.
He makes some very provocative statements such as proposing that Europeans and Muslims must breed together to reduce a declining birth rate. He also drawn comparisons between ISIS and Jesus, which is just plain blaspheme. What is this man doing?
Pope Francis makes bizarre or heretical statements and engages in acts that would be considered blasphemous by most any branch of Christianity, let alone the Roman Catholic one. For example:
“Europe has forgotten its God and it now needs to allow in more illegal Muslim migrants,” stated Pope Francis in a recent speech to the EU.
The Pope also visited Turkey recently, where he prayed in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque towards Mecca and stated it would be wrong to equate Islam with violence.
What is to be said about such remarks and behavior?
Here are some additional samples.
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.
What we appear to have here is a man who wishes to use his position as a religious leader to push forward Marxist economic policies. Note the following excerpt.
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”
The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.
The man is just wrong. Whether is just poorly informed is doubtful. More ominously, it is obvious that he is pursuing not the Christian faith, but a faith rooted in secular humanism and political ideas that would have made Karl Marx smile. This is a tragedy not just for Roman Catholics, but for adherents to the Christian faith worldwide.