Pope Francis on Sunday defended his avoidance of the term “Islamic violence” by suggesting the potential for violence lies in every religion, including Catholicism.
“I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence, because every day, when I read the newspaper, I see violence,” Francis said, when asked about why he never speaks of Islamic terrorism or fundamentalism when condemning attacks such as the murder of a French priest last week, who had his throat slit by an Islamic terrorist as he was celebrating Mass.
The pope said that when he reads the newspaper, he reads about an Italian who kills his fiancé or his mother in law.
“They are baptized Catholics. They are violent Catholics,” Francis said, adding that if he speaks of “Islamic violence,” then he has to speak of “Catholic violence” too.
Well, no, there’s a difference between a murder committed by people who happen to be of a certain religion, and murder committed in the name of a religion.
Francis is no fool. He must know this, but still he says what he says.
Although clarifying that he didn’t know if he should say it because “it’s dangerous,” the pope then admitted that terrorism grows when “there’s no other option.”
“As long as the god of money is at the center of the global economy and not the human person, man and woman, this is the first terrorism,” he said, defining it as a “terrorism at the bases,” against the whole of humanity.
No, money is not the “first terrorism”.
Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that a good number of the more notorious Islamic terrorists have come from relatively comfortable backgrounds. They had alternatives — many alternatives — but they were drawn to violence by their understanding of God, as many have been before them, and many will be in the future.
Again, the Pope must know this, but he prefers, once again, to change the subject, talking, once again, about the wickedness of “money,” cheap, stale demagoguery with the stench of conspiracism about it.
It’s not really for me to say so, but I would think that Francis’s church has the right to expect rather more from him.