Few would dispute that Pope Francis is the most progressive pope ever to grace the Vatican. Almost a millennium after Pope Urban II ordered the First Crusade against innocent Muslims, we now have a pope who welcomes Islam, and apologizes for the many sins of Christians throughout history.
During his flight back to the Vatican after a trip to Poland, Pope Francis was asked about the recent stabbing of an 85 year old French Catholic priest by a group of Muslim attackers who burst into a church service. The Pope responded:
“I think it is not right to identify Islam with terrorism … It is not right and it is not true … I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy – someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics.”
So true. In any case, the Muslim attackers were probably exacting their revenge for the millions of innocent Muslims killed during the crusades.
Pope Francis has been very vocal about Europe’s moral obligation and Christian duty to accept Muslim refugees. In a moving speech on Good Friday, Pope Francis begged Europeans and Christians to have compassion for the plight of Muslim refugees, and to welcome them with both arms:
“We instinctively try to run away from suffering, because suffering is repugnant to us. We come across so many faces disfigured by the afflictions of life and too often we turn away. How can we not see the face of the Lord in the face of the millions of exiles, refugees, and displaced persons who are fleeing in desperation from the horror of war, persecution and dictatorship? For every one of them, each with a unique face, God reveals himself always as the one who courageously comes to our aid. Like Veronica, the woman whose face is unknown to us, who lovingly wiped Jesus’ face.”
The Pope has also asked Christians to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community, indicating once again that Christianity is the most anti-gay religion in history. Do you see Muslims apologizing to homosexuals? Of course not – because they have nothing to apologize for!
From mourning the death of Fidel Castro to comparing Trump to Hitler, Pope Francis has proven himself to be a progressive through and through. We are blessed to have such a forward thinking Pope who is finally willing to admit the sins of Christians and give Muslims their rightful place in Europe, where they will eventually outbreed whites and Christians. This is karma for the crusades and colonialism, and a price that we must all accept and welcome.