TMAHIC* has condemned the murder of the poor 21 Coptic Christians. In this day and age this is, actually, news. Two things grate me of TMAHICH’s intervention:
1) Francis has condemned their murder by we do not know whom, in order to defend an unidentified religion. As condemnations go, this is a pretty easy one. As always, Francis refuses to see anything bad in Islam qua Islam. Hold on to your Korans!
2) Francis goes on to say that this episode should move us to “encourage each other in the ecumenical goal”. The first question here is: why? I do not know whether the poor martyrs were Catholic Copts (there are lots of them in Egypt) or not, but it is not to be seen how their martyrdom should speak in favour of ecumenism. The second question is why this man must use even a simple thing like the condemnation of such a barbarous massacre to push an agenda that he can, if he so wishes, push in many other ways.
My impression of this is that Francis’ approach is the one of the brain washer. He will not allow any occasion to go to waste to push his agenda, and whether this pushing is apposite or not makes no difference whatsoever.
Then there are these strange expressions we hear rather often, like today’s “cries out to be heard”. Cries out to heaven, you might think? Or cries out in the Christian community? Is this a heavenly, or an earthly perspective? Isn’t it natural for a Christian to call to heaven in such circumstances? To simply look up to heaven? When I read the phrase, I instantly missed that part. It is more than strange that Francis almost always keeps the ball very flat, and very far away from supernatural things; unless it is, of course, to condemn Catholics, in which cases there will be plenty of reference to their un-heavenly behaviour (many examples of that if you search this blog).
I do not know whether this intervention was drafted by another pen. If it was, the stupidity of the expressions therein contained makes clear Francis tampered with it.
And note this: the man who says that the massacre of these martyrs “cries out” is the one who stays silent about the religion that caused the massacre in the first place. Not much of a “crying out”, I would say.
Whenever this man says something safe, you can be sure it has been written by others. Whenever he touches the text, be assured he will make of it a breakfast’s pig.
I dread the next papacy.
But I still can’t wait for this one to end.
* The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History