(I think the Pope’s comments on war may have been far more canny than I first realized. He probably was NOT ignoring the role of ISIS and Islamic fundamentalism in the terrors that now beset the world, but offering a universal definition of how to recognize legitimate religion. If that is the case, he lays the groundwork for people of all faiths, including those Imams who want their faith without the terror and oppression, to reject murderous terror as contrary to any religion. It may or may not bear fruit, but it gives a chance at safe haven for any who want faith without terror.
One of the commenters here, Monica, gave a much better interpretation of it all than I did. So after a few reminders of upcoming events, I offer you her take.-CJ)
Tomorrow I will be in Riverside, California:
Riverside, CA (Free Event)
Friday July 29, 2016
7:00 pm: Canyon crest country club, 975 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA. 92506
Contact Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, Anthony Mullen, US national director of the Flame of Love Movement, will be in the Sacramento, California area this weekend. His appearances will be at:
Friday, July 29, 6pm – 8pm
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
4123 Robertson Ave.
Saturday, July 30, 6 pm – 8 pm
St. Mel’s Catholic Church
4745 Pennsylvania Ave.
Fair Oaks, California
Sunday, July 31, 6 pm – 8 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
2700 Dover Ave.
And now, Monica’s solid piece on the Pope and war:
“When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, for dominion. This is the war,” Pope Francis told journalists on his July 27 flight from Rome to Krakow.
“Could one think of a religious war? No. All religions want peace. Others want war,” he said. “Is that clear?”-(Pope Francis)
I believe that our Holy Father was more than likely trying to be prudent and was too wise to get cornered by the press into stating on a plane bound for World Youth Day that we are in a war with Islam. I believe he has learned even more since he became Pope about dealing with the press and was advised well on this issue. He knew not to let the press corner him into saying something that would make things worse and spark a fire. I am hopeful he will clarify at the proper time and place that the war is with those terrorists particularly in ISIS who murder and that they do not practice a legitimate religion. By his definition a legitimate religion would seek peace if one knows the one true God or they would not act as they do-committing evil atrocities for power, money, domination or simply pure hatred (or for any other reason for that matter).
Let us love, appreciate and support our Pope. He is after all viewing the world at war, recognizing it, proclaiming it and beginning to define it for us in the least incendiary way possible. Popes have a very great responsibility to lead us. As Catholics we can look to our Pope to help us understand the times we are living in. The Pope is infallible on matters of faith and morals when he speaks ex-cathedra. However, I know a Pope might not get everything exactly right on issues not relating to faith and morals here or there. They may also misspeak from time to time. Priests, Bishops and the Pope are after all human. I know when I say something that is confusing for someone else I would appreciate their providing me the Christian charity of allowing me an opportunity to clarify.
When Jesus proclaimed Peter the first Pope. He knew we would need someone who could clarify matters of faith and morals. I believe He also gave us the gift of the Papacy to help us to come through storms, encourage us and help us to understand the times that we live in. If we can find this in our friend Charlie and others, how much more can we find this in the successor of Peter? There have been dark and difficult times in the years since Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima as we await the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Era of Peace. During these years, Jesus has blessed us with some excellent Popes who have indeed helped us through the storms, encouraged us and helped us to understand the times that we live in. I love Pope Francis and I believe he will give us the direction we need in this matter because it is after all effecting his flock-those Jesus placed in his loving care. Below are the words of Jesus from the Bible as He proclaimed Peter our first Pope. I love this chapter!
Mathew 16:13-20 Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah
Below is a link to a very good article stating what the Pope actually said. It is from this article that I quoted the Pope’s words above. May God hold Charlie and all of you in His warm and comforting embrace, Monica