On the aeroplane returning from Poland, Francis of Rome gave another off-the-cuff interview. In addressing the recent attacks causing death and mayhem by Muslim terrorists Francis said:
"I don't think it is right to equate Islam with violence.”
"In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too."
"If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother in law, and these are baptised Catholics."
What does Canada's Rex Murphy get that our Pope does not?
"How long must our leaders, from the White House to the Vatican, blindly argue that Islamists are not who they themselves say they are; that their motives are not what they declare their motives to be? This is not turning the other cheek. It is shutting their eyes and ears. The murder of Fr. Hamel was a much a proclamation as a crime, and to deny its symbolism is not a mercy, it is an evasion of declared reality."