In an interview yesterday Pope Francis invoked one of his chief demon groups: “Fundamentalists”:
“Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions,” Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. “We Catholics have some — and not some, many — who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil.”
“They do evil,” said the pope. “I say this because it is my church.”
“We have to combat it,” he said. “Religious fundamentalism is not religious, because it lacks God. It is idolatry, like the idolatry of money.”
Turning to Islam, the pope spoke of his friendship with a Muslim, adding, “You cannot cancel out a religion because there are some groups, or many groups in a certain point of history, of fundamentalists.”
“Like everything, there are religious people with values and those without,” he said. “But how many wars … have Christians made? The sacking of Rome was not done by Muslims, eh?”
Go here to read the rest. So, I guess if you are a Catholic and you believe in absolute truth, you are on the Pope’s lump of coal list and you do evil. Sigh. At this point it is even hard to get worked up about this, because Pope Francis is so obviously a deeply confused man, and if the Holy Spirit had any role in his selection, the kindest interpretation is that we are living through an immense divine practical joke. In regard to his comment about the Muslims not sacking Rome, Holy Father it was not for lack of trying. The reason they did not do so is because generation after generation of Christians took up arms to defend the Cross. We can expect the Pope to thank those brave men the 25th of Never.