The Roman Pope’s Speech
In his speech at the Assisi event Benedict XVI, despite having called the interfaith gathering, took a somewhat different approach from that of his predecessor, John Paul II. Benedict, standing before representatives of almost all the major religions of the earth, was more critical of those very religions than John Paul II would have been. But in order to understand this, his words must be carefully examined. Here is what he said:
“Even if there is no threat of a great war hanging over us at present, nevertheless the world is unfortunately full of discord…. violence as such is potentially ever present and it is a characteristic feature of our world….. not a few have misinterpreted freedom as somehow including freedom for violence.” Clearly he had Islam in mind; but of course he conveniently overlooked the fact that his own diabolical religious system has been one of extreme violence through the centuries.
He went on: “Firstly there is terrorism, for which in place of a great war there are targeted attacks intended to strike the opponent destructively at key points, with no regard for the lives of innocent human beings…. We know that terrorism is often religiously motivated and that the specifically religious character of the attacks is proposed as a justification for the reckless cruelty that considers itself entitled to discard the rules of morality for the sake of the intended ‘good.’ In this case, religion does not serve peace, but is used as justification for violence.” Again, this was a reference to Islamic terrorism; but – Rome’s own history has been one of violence, even in recent times. One just has to think of Rome’s support for the terrorist IRA, so that his words about terrorism often being religiously motivated condemn Roman Catholicism as much as Islam! And the IRA is just one example of Roman Catholic religious terrorism.
“In a way that is more subtle but no less cruel,” he said, “we also see religion as the cause of violence when force is used by the defenders of one religion against others. The religious delegates who were assembled in Assisi in 1986 wanted to say, and we now repeat it emphatically and firmly: this is not the true nature of religion.” Oh, really? It is the true nature of Islam, and of many other religions! And, Benedict, it is the true nature of Romanism, as you yourself well know, but are deliberately trying to hide!
“As a Christian I want to say at this point: yes, it is true, in the course of history, force has also been used in the name of the Christian faith. We acknowledge it with great shame. But it is utterly clear that this was an abuse of the Christian faith, one that evidently contradicts its true nature.” Hmmm…really? That’s not what the popes were saying back then, as one after another they issued their thunderous edicts condoning vicious massacres and condemning millions of people to cruel deaths at the hands of their servants! In the light of Rome’s own history, Benedict’s crocodile tears about “acknowledging with great shame” the use of force in the name of “the Christian faith” (Roman Catholicism) are worthless.
“The enemies of religion… see in religion one of the principal sources of violence in the history of humanity and thus they demand that it disappear. But the denial of God has led to much cruelty and to a degree of violence that knows no bounds…. The horrors of the concentration camps reveal with utter clarity the consequences of God’s absence.” It is certainly true that Communistic atheism has resulted in horrifying violence and the deaths of multiplied millions; but the Nazi concentration camps were not atheistic – this is another deliberate smokescreen – the leading Nazis were Roman Catholics, and were acting with the blessing and full support of the Vatican!
“Finally I would like to assure you that the Catholic Church will not let up in her fight against violence, in her commitment for peace in the world. We are animated by the common desire to be ‘pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace.’” But the Roman Catholic institution has used violence throughout its history, and has no true commitment to peace in the world! Not now, and not ever. Learn from history, and do not be deceived by such smooth words and lying speeches!