The Pope is upset about the “complicit silence” of Christians about the persecution of Christians by Muslims, but did he himself name the perpetrator and explain why this persecution is happening? If he did, there is no hint of it in this AFP story.
Pope Francis has said, “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” Could that have had anything to do with this “complicit silence”? Catholics in particular saw that the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, was saying that Islam was a Religion of Peace, and there is no doubt whatsoever that it had a chilling effect: given the creeping papalolatry that besets the Roman Catholic Church, people were afraid to discuss the motives, goals, and identity of the persecutors, for fear of going against the Pope’s statement and the Vatican’s policy of “dialogue.”
If the Pope is upset about this “complicit silence,” maybe he should call in the American bishops — and McManus is by no means the only one — who thinks complicit silence is the way to go when it comes to the Muslim persecution of Christians: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
“Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians,” AFP, April 4, 2015:
Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis condemned indifference and “complicit silence” to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.
The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics brought up the extremist persecution of Christians as the holiest ceremonies of the Church calendar reached a climax Sunday, when believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The Islamists behind Thursday’s university attack that shocked Kenya are reported to have separated out their victims into Muslims and non-Muslims, before killing the Christians.
“Today we see our brothers persecuted, decapitated, crucified for their faith in you, under our eyes and often with our complicit silence,” the pope said after the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession through Rome on Friday, which recreates Christ’s last hours before he was crucified.
The Vatican has increasingly voiced frustration that attacks on Christians in places such as Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Nigeria have not been more strongly condemned by Muslim authorities and Western governments….