Pope Francis Compares Jesus to ISIS
Pope Compares Jesus’ Disciples to Islamic Extremists
The Pope, in a shocking interview with the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, has effectively likened the disciples of Jesus Christ to Islamic extremists, saying that their means of “conquest” were similar in nature. Pope Francis, when asked about the fear of Islam and whether or not it is justified, said this:
“Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”
Let us make clear right away that when Jesus sent out His disciples, he did not instruct them to behead people, force them into sex slavery, or make them pay taxes if they refused to convert. These are the measures of conquest that ISIS has taken against its opponents, called “infidels”, who are defined as anyone who is non-Muslim. Jesus instructed His disciples to teach brotherly and sisterly love. Jesus also told His disciples not to persecute those who believed differently, even when they were being persecuted and killed for spreading the Gospel.
Christianity and Colonialism
Pope Francis was asked by the reporter for La Croix this question: “In your speeches in Europe, you refer to the ‘roots’ of the continent without ever describing them as Christian. Rather, you define ‘European identity’ as ‘dynamic and multicultural.’ In your view, is the expression ‘Christian roots’ inappropriate for Europe?”
The Pope’s answer is very unsettling, as he seems to imply that even speaking about Europe’s Christian roots is, in and of itself, a form of conquest. He said:
“We need to speak of roots in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread the tone, which can seem triumphalist or even vengeful. It then takes on colonialist overtones. John Paul II, however, spoke about it in a tranquil manner.
Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity’s responsibility to water those roots. But this must be done in the spirit of service as in the washing of the feet. Christianity’s duty to Europe is one of service. As Erich Przywara, the great master of Romano Guardini and Hans Urs von Balthasar , teaches us, Christianity’s contribution to a culture is that of Christ in the washing of the feet. In other words, service and the gift of life. It must not become a colonial enterprise.”
This is quite hypocritical, as the Pope also said in regards to the integration of Muslim migrants:
“This integration is all the more necessary since today since, as a result of a selfish search for well-being, Europe is experiencing the grave problem of a declining birth rate. A demographic emptiness is developing.”
Echoing an Islamic Extremist?
As Breaking Israel News reported, he essentially called for Muslims to breed with Europeans to combat this declining birth rate – a measure which is strikingly similar to what the Islamic extremist Imam Sheikh Muhammad Ayed said in a speech in Jerusalem in 2015.
Allow us to clarify that standing against the Pope and standing against Catholicism are two drastically different things. It is not fair to judge the entire Catholic church by the rhetoric of one man who has repeatedly called for a socialized economy, and did so again in this interview.
The One whom they truly serve resides in the Heavens, not a man who appears to be Marxist in his leanings.. Make no mistake about it, it is possible for the Pope to go against the teachings of God, and when that happens, it is the responsibility of the Catholic church to serve God rather than the Pope.