PopeWatch: Causes of War

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Well, the ecumenical farce at Assisi II has ended:

 

Pope Francis and leaders of other world religions said “No to War!” on Tuesday, vowing to oppose terrorism in God’s name and appealing to politicians to listen to “the anguished cry of so many innocents”.

Francis flew by helicopter to the central Italian hilltop city that was home to St. Francis, the 13th century saint revered by many religions as a patron of peace and nature and a defender of the poor.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church closed a three-day meeting where about 500 representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other faiths discussed how their members could better promote peace and reconciliation.

Francis, who delivered two addresses and shared meals with the leaders, said indifference to suffering had become “a new and deeply sad paganism” that caused some to turn away from war victims and refugees with the same ease as changing a television channel.

Near the end of the gathering, members of each religion prayed in a separate locations and then joined each other in a square outside the famous pink stone basilica where St. Francis is buried.

Prayers were said for the victims of war, including in Syria and Afghanistan, and for the refugees fleeing the conflicts. A woman refugee from Aleppo now living in Italy told the pope at final gathering “my heart is in tatters”.

“Only peace is holy, and not war,” the Argentine-born pontiff said.

ABUSE OF RELIGION

Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, prayed in the basilica with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, and Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of up to 300 million Orthodox Christians around the globe.

In a final appeal that key representatives signed and gave to children from around the world, they vowed “to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism.”

“No to war! May the anguished cry of the many innocents not go unheeded. Let us urge leaders of nations to defuse the causes of war: the lust for power and money, the greed of arms’ dealers, personal interests and vendettas for past wrongs,” the appeal said.

 

Go here to read the rest.  PopeWatch was struck by the causes of war listed at the end:  the lust for power and money, the greed of arms’ dealers, personal interests and vendettas for past wrongs.  Arms dealers are a perennial bug a boo of the Pope who blames them for wars which is rather like blaming the manufacturers of matches and lighters for arson.  The whole list of course is set forth to absolve the mass of humanity from any responsibility for war.  No wars are popular in this analysis, no wars are just, no wars are caused by clashing ideologies or religions, no wars are fought due to conflicting national interests.  How can we hope to deal with a problem when those who purport to be our moral guides engage in such blatant mendacity about what causes the problem?

 

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14 Comments

  1. Have these ecumenical meetings ever actually accomplished anything besides providing photoshoot opportunities? I mean, all this talk about how ‘dialogue’ is the path to peace; what’s its track record look like? Has it ever prevented even a single war or led to a single conversion? Or is this just another example of virtue signaling?

  2. Si vis pacem, para bellum.
    Liber III, De Re Militari
    Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
    .
    Georgius Bergoglius demovendus et anathemandus est!

  3. “Only peace is Holy, and not war.”

    Agreed.

    When the raging disembowelers, those who take glory in the decapitation of the faithful, color red the main street of America, remember the Rosary and Sword. Remember that we fight. War is evil, cowardice is worse.

  4. representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other faiths

    I assume “other faiths” included satanists.

  5. “Only peace is Holy, and not war.” Except for believers in the Qran. It’s peace (Dar el salaam) for Muslims and war (Dar al Harb – house of war where sharia law and dhimmitude are in control) against everybody else. Under Hope and Change terrorist strikes have skyrocketed. They are bombing and massacring American kaffirs (cockroaches have more human rights) in order to force on us tyrannical sharia law and slavery.
    .
    The progressive solution: appease them and confiscate American citizens’ guns.

  6. It isn’t mendacity. It’s shallowness. Not surprising in a clergyman, but quite surprising in a clergyman on the Chair of Peter.

    The one thing he said that made sense refers to “vendettas for past wrongs”, which is not the cause, but is an element, of armed conflict generally in our time. “Past wrongs”, however, means fancied past wrongs. Iran’s an example of a country whose expressed political resentments (towards any party other than Baathist Iraq) have almost no basis in actual history. Ditto Iraq between 1958 and 2003. Ditto the Egyptian – Nejdi wankers working for Al Qaeda.

  7. “When humanity puts an end to its sinful ways and embraces the Truth in Christ,
    Then – and only then – will man, with the aid of God, put an end to war.”

    Which, of course, will never happen on this side of eternity.

  8. Pope John Paul II allowed a statue of Buddha to be placed on the tabernacle in the cathedral. An earthquake demolished the cathedral two years later…

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