“It is possible to live in a world of peace. It is possible to live together with our different paths, different cultures, different religions.” Yes, that’s true, if all of us with our different paths, different cultures, and different religions respect one another and one group doesn’t try to gain hegemony and deny equal rights to the other groups.
And as for the “inability to find solutions which respect the common good,” Pope Francis appears to be suggesting that if the U.S. had offered the Islamic world a solution that respected the common good, 9/11 wouldn’t have happened. But the Islamic jihadists who murdered 3,000 people on that day did so because they believed that it was their duty before their god to wage war against Infidels, with the ultimate goal of subjugating Infidel societies under the hegemony of Islamic law. Any concessions the U.S. offered to the Islamic world short of submitting to Sharia would do nothing to blunt that imperative. The only solution that would be acceptable to Islamic jihadis would be the U.S.’s submission to Sharia. Is the Pope prepared to submit to Sharia? He certainly has already internalized the Sharia blasphemy provision that forbids all criticism of Islam. Are jizya payments in his future? Or even the shahada? After all, his submission and acceptance of dhimmi status, or his conversion to Islam, are the only solutions that respect the common good that the Islamic jihadis who want to kill him would find acceptable.
“Pope Francis: Grief still palpable at site of Sept. 11 terror attacks,” by Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK — Pope Francis said Friday that grief remains palpable at the site where nearly 3,000 were killed in terrorist attacks 14 years ago at the World Trade Center.
“This is a place where we cry … for the powerlessness we feel when we see injustice, the inability to solve our differences, to dialogue,” Francis said in Spanish, addressing an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The pope also stopped at one of the memorial’s two outdoor reflecting pools, which trace the footprints of the Twin Towers destroyed by hijacked planes and said a silent prayer with about 1,000 invited guests. Most were survivors of the attack, relatives of those who were killed or emergency responders.
Francis, who has devoted much of his papacy to calling for peace, joined an interfaith prayer service at the lowest level of the subterranean 9/11 Museum. He shook hands with leaders of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other religions on the stage of the memorial’s foundation hall.
In prayer, the pontiff recalled the 2001 terrorist attacks and all its victims. “We are mindful as well of those who suffered death injury and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.,” he said. Francis said he felt “many different emotions standing here” – above all grief.
In a remark some relatives of 9/11 victims may disagree with, the pope attributed “the wrongful and senseless loss of innocent lives” at Ground Zero to “the inability to find solutions which respect the common good.” Many 9/11 families believe the terrorists’ determination to attack the United States would have trumped any solutions proposed for any problems….
“It is possible to live in a world of peace,” he said, referring to “this great city” of New York, and the gathering before him as proof. “It is possible to live together with our different paths, different cultures, different religions.”…