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?