Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a “Man of Peace”

paAP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”

Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”

This is not really all that surprising. After all, this is the Pope who wrote last November that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” If “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” then Abbas is certainly a “man of peace.”

Abbas is the “man of peace” who said on March 15, 2013: “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.” He said that while undoubtedly knowing that Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna is quoted in the Hamas Charter as saying: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV has featured a music video that proclaimed: “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.”

The “man of peace” heads up Fatah, which is hardly more “moderate.” Palestinian Media Watch reported on May 14 that “on one of its official Facebook pages the Fatah movement, which is headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, yesterday posted a warning to Israelis. A sign showed an assault rifle and a map of ‘Palestine’ that included both PA areas and all of Israel. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English it said: ‘Warning. This is a land of a Palestinian state and the occupation to leave immediately’ (English original).”

Likewise, in mid-March, Palestinian official Abbas Zaki, a close friend of the “man of peace,” declared: “These Israelis have no belief, no principles. They are an advanced instrument of evil. They say, the Holocaust, and so on – fine, why are they doing this to us? Therefore, I believe that Allah, will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.” Fatah has also vowed to “adhere to the option of armed resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine,” and threatened to “turn the beloved [Gaza] Strip into a graveyard for your soldiers, and we will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire.”

On top of all this, the spot where the Pope paused to pray at what AP called “Israel’s controversial separation barrier” – actually its security barrier – featured graffiti referring to the barrier as an “apartheid wall” and comparing Bethlehem to the Warsaw Ghetto. Middle East analyst Tom Gross noted that in reality, “the security barrier, which has saved countless lives, was built to protect Israelis after some 1000 civilians were killed by suicide bombers.” Israel did not build the barrier because of “racism” or a desire to emulate apartheid South Africa — to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa is a monstrous piece of disinformation, as a black South African has explained.

Moreover, Gross points out: “Bethlehem is a relatively prosperous town where restaurants and juice bars are packed, and BMWs, Mercedes and Humvees compete for parking spaces in the center or town. By contrast, 400,000 Jews were herded into the Warsaw Ghetto and those who weren’t beaten or starved to death there, were taken to be exterminated at nearby camps.”

In allowing himself to become an instrument of Palestinian jihad propaganda, and spreading that propaganda himself, the Pope has done a grave disservice to free people and aided and abetted the genocidal jihad against Israel. The damage resulting from his trip is impossible to calculate at this point, but it could be immense. Pope Francis’s jaunt in the “State of Palestine,” was a tremendous show of support for the jihad against Israel, and a dark day for the papacy, the Roman Catholic Church, and free people everywhere.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    So was Hitler.

  • DVult

    How is Abbas a man of peace? If it is true then let Abbas prove it by his words and actions. This would require he say and do other than what he has been doing until now.

  • JohnPalestine

    This Daffy Pappy is another white boy who thinks that if he touches his toes fast enough when there is a Muslim in the room, he will survive. In this case, the white boy is from a land where the natives were displaced when they began mining for silver and raising cattle. He should shut up and speak of the horrors of Argentina.

    And re: his issue of spreading wealth, this Holy Dimwit knows nothing of the history of Argentina nor do we due to our worthless education system.

    Argentina was a great economic powerhouse at the beginning of the 20th century. Politicians justifying their worthless existence arose to spread the wealth a la hope and change or rope and chains and ruined it. Peron was the coup de grace that buried it. Daffy Pappy 0/2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Marks/1266358046 Paul Marks

    The new Pope (the darling of the atheist media – Catholics should have been warned by that) is proving to be a disaster. Well intentioned but simply lacking basic knowledge – of the Middle East, Islam and just about everything else. If the influx of people from Latin America favour the ideas of the new Pope (for example on the economic aspects of Liberation Theology) the United States is in terrible trouble.

    • Myrtle

      He is a false God, with people praying to him for forgiveness of sins, as if he were GOD. It is not in his power to forgive sins, GOD did not give a sinner the power to forgive sins. JESUS CHRIST is the only one, born to woman, person that can forgive sin, and HE IS ALSO THE SON OF GOD, the pope isn’t.

      • Americana

        False god? Are you kidding me??? The Pope is SPECIFICALLY given the role and responsibilities of being the Father of the Catholic Church when he takes the Pope role. You’re making a false claim that duties accorded to priests by their elevation to the priesthood are, in fact, not able to be granted by the Catholic Church. Besides, the Pope and any and all priests who are giving parishioners absolution are doing so under the guise of being God’s representatives on Earth; they’re not pretending to BE GOD or have God’s powers.

        • Bobby Lee

          A role reserved for Jesus. Not man. We have ONE intercessor, that’s Jesus, and ONLY he has the authority to absolve sins. Not the Pope, not Mary, and not the saints. Disagree? Show me the NT scripture backing it up.

          • AugustineThomas

            Please cite some biblical passages rather than spewing more black lies.

        • truebearing

          Who gave the pope that role? The Vatican, which is a religious/political government run by men, not God. Making the Pope the head of the catholic church doesn’t make him a god. that is ridiculous.

          The priests do carry out absolution under the guise of being God’s representatives on earth, but you don’t seem to know the meaning of “guise.”

          Definition of guise (n)

          Bing Dictionary
          guise [ gīz ]

          1) deceptive outward appearance: a false outward appearance

          2) form or appearance: a shape or form, especially a changed one, in which something presents itself or is presented

          3) costume: a style of dress or personal appearance

          • Little_Cossack
          • truebearing

            The Cardinals elect the Pope, which doesn’t make him a god. It makes him the head of a large church.

          • AugustineThomas

            You never wonder why heretical churches stay tiny while the Church has over a billion members? The other churches that are anywhere near the size of the Church are those which retained most of its beliefs. All Protestants do is bicker about theology, which is exactly why Christ ordained a pope.

          • AugustineThomas

            Christ gave that role to St. Peter. Giving the keys to the kingdom is a direct reference to the Old Testament, wherein a Davidic king would effectively make a trusted adviser prime minister by giving him the keys while he was away from the kingdom, as Christ is away from the kingdom on earth.

        • Douglas J. Bender

          Are you unaware of the fact that Jesus explicitly and specifically said, “Call no man on Earth your ‘Father’ [meaning, ‘spiritual father’, of course, as is clear from the context]”? The very position and title of “Pope/Papa/Father” is an affront to God and Jesus. As Satan intended it to be.

          • Danny Dodge

            True, but also note that paul told us to call him father, and 2 peter was not written by peter (the Vatican attributed it to him, catholic encyclopaedia sourced fact) and that letter is pauls only defence besides Luke his friend who is only given authenticity by paul, therefore neither validate the other… how different is the message of the bible without paul? no room for any of the major churches, only messianic jews and gentiles that graft into the family of Israel. When enough people realise this, the pope and all Christian denominations will go bye bye

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Paul did NOT “[tell] us to call him ‘father'”. He said that he WAS some Christians’ “spiritual father”; but that is NOT the same thing as demanding or requesting a TITLE signifying that.

            Regarding your claim about II Peter not being written by Peter: II Peter 1:1 says (NKJV),

            “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

            To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:”

            The Bible is God’s Word. That is sufficient for me to trust what it says. And it says that II Peter was written (or dictated by) Peter, the Apostle. So, you are wrong, or lying.

          • Danny Dodge

            “a sluggard will believe himself wiser than 7 well studied men.” the psalm is saying not to be a strongly opinionated armchair theologian, study the facts.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            I have. And the facts clearly and strongly support what I have said, because what I have said are “the facts”.

          • Little_Cossack

            You are not ecclesial authority.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            There is no “ecclesial authority”. There is the Bible, and the Holy Spirit, and reason.

          • Little_Cossack

            Enjoy!
            http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/ch_orthodox_docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20071013_documento-ravenna_en.html

            St. Paul writes, “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
            http://www.oocities.org/metaphysics8/Ecclesialauthority.html

          • Douglas J. Bender

            So why do you, and the Roman Catholic Church, disobey St. Paul and continue to disagree with me?

          • Little_Cossack

            You are nothing. Nothing to disagree with. I feel sorry for you, you pathetic self-centered creature.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Pfffffffffft. In all honesty, you know nothing about me. As for you, “By their fruits you shall know them.” Therefore, you are dismissed.

          • Little_Cossack

            Whatever you say squirrel, as determined by your comments.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            I say you are seriously overmatched, which makes this conversation between us exceedingly boring. So I shall leave you to your nuts.

          • Little_Cossack

            As that last conceited comment attests, you are a pathetic self-centered creature. The nuts are yours.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            No, it was simply an observation. You really don’t know anything about me, and you are overmatched. The problem here is your arrogant, insulting behavior. You are not fit for adult conversation about adult topics. As I said, you are dismissed.

          • Little_Cossack

            You’re more than welcome to get in the last word. Now go to your bedroom little boy & suck your thumbs raw.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Yes, yes, yes…of course.

          • AugustineThomas

            You’re a true relativist. Everyone has their own truth in your world.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Nope. In my world, as should have been clear from my above statement, the truth is derived from God’s Word, via the Holy Spirit. Pretty much the only trustworthy way to receive the truth, and pretty much the way Jesus and God indicated it would and should be done. Of course, until the writing of the New Testament, the Apostles had “ecclesial authority”, since they were the ones who had been with Jesus. But we do not need “men” to act as our “ecclesial authorities” now, since we have God’s Word and His truth given to us in a form all can access.

          • AugustineThomas

            The problem is that men always lie. If you can’t trust the Church, which has 1.5 billion members, how can you trust a tiny Protestant church?
            What happens when people disagree about what the Word says? One of them has to be wrong, yet both believe themselves to be correctly interpreting scripture. (This is where Petrine authority, which all the other apostles recognized, and the Magisterium come in to play.)

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Men do not always lie. Jesus said of Nathanael, “Behold! An Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit.” But you are trying to “argue from authority”; or, rather, from “numerical supremacy”.

            And, no, not “all other apostles recognized” “Petrine authority”. In fact, the New Testament contains at least two instances where Peter’s “authority” was considered less than another apostle’s, or at least not superior. In the first case, the “Jerusalem Council” — it was not the “Roman Council” (thus putting the lie to the RCC’s claim that Rome is “the Eternal City”); and, JAMES, the brother of Jesus, held sway there, had authority there, NOT Peter. Second, the Apostle Paul REBUKED Peter for Peter’s hypocritical actions at one point. The Bible makes NO indication that Peter, or the Church of Rome, is to be seen as having any greater authority over the Church, or other Apostles, than any other Apostle or church.

            Lastly, when an institution which self-proclaims “authority” on the Church directly contradicts and disobeys clear teachings from the very Scriptures upon which that Church rests, it doesn’t matter how old or large that institution is — it can be clearly seen to be in error by simple reading of the Scriptures (in many cases), and thus a FALSE church (as prophesied in the Book of Revelation).

          • Danny Dodge

            Na, it’s what your 501(c)(3) tax exempt pastor told you in your church lol

          • Douglas J. Bender

            LOL…no. I research and compare things for myself. As a “Berean” should.

          • AugustineThomas

            Armchair theologian? Like every Protestant pastor and their hundred thousand vile heresies?

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Wolves in the fold do not imply the hens should all gather in the fox’s henhouse.

          • AugustineThomas

            So Christ meant “spiritual father” but said “father”? Christ was confused? He was also confused when he gave the keys to the kingdom to St. Peter, a specific reference to the Old Testament, wherein a Davidic king would effectively make a trusted adviser prime minister by giving him the keys? He was also confused when he commanded us to build ONE CHURCH? He was also confused when he said “DO this in memory of me” and he actually meant have a fake symbolic celebration in memory of me? And he was again confused when he spoke of false prophets and fake churches like your heretical sects?
            My God is perfect. He doesn’t get confused. Who is your God?

          • Douglas J. Bender

            My God is smart enough to know that the context provided was sufficient to make clear His meaning, without His having to resort to clunky sayings like, “Call no man on Earth your ‘spiritual father’,” especially since no one does so. No one goes around saying, “Oh Spiritual Father, what must we do to be pleasing to God?” (On second thought, the Roman Catholic Church DOES often refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”, which is darn close.)

      • ben t

        Roman Catholics pray only to God. They do not pray to the Virgin Mary or to ANY OTHER SAINT! They ask for the INTERCESSION of saints! This teaching goes back to the Old Testament. You are not only ignorant of theology but a hate-filled bigot.

        • Bobby Lee

          And therein lies one of the primary differences between Protestants and Catholics. ONLY Jesus is our intercessor. That was his main purpose for dying and paying for our sins that we might be reconciled to God. Mary, though blessed among women, is not an intercessor. Nor were any of the saints. The apostle Paul or any of the others would have been appalled at the idea and there is NO New Testament scripture to justify it. This is why Catholicism is considered a cult by many Christians.

          This Pope also buys into the leftist “social justice” meme. He is a nutjob in my opinion.

          • Little_Cossack

            You claim to be Christian spewing such misunderstanding & hatred, bashing Catholicism with classic brainwashed objections of your protestant rebellion – not reformation. You need to examine yourself accusing Catholics of belonging to a cult. That view borders on a psychopathological disorder.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            Nice attacks. I note that, as is a regular occurrence in such cases, you didn’t even attempt to refute one of his points. In essence, you make his case for him, in many ways.

          • Little_Cossack

            Fundamentalist objections to Catholicism began with printing press invention making the protestant rebellion & it’s political/economic manipulation possible. After several more technological revolutions, sophistication of propaganda guarantees bigotry & jealousy continue devoid of ecumenicalism. Ecumenicalism is inherent in Roman Catholicism.

            No explanation would suffice someone of your bent. Might I suggest you read CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH which Pope John Paul II authorized. It is an easy reading Catechism less intimidating to non-Catholics than the Catechisms of decades ago. It will answer all of your anti-Catholic fundamentalist objections & misinterpretations taught from other pulpits. http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/

            If you have an affinity for Christian Orthodoxy, might I suggest you read up on CANON LAW. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09056a.htm

          • Douglas J. Bender

            I own, and already have read most of, “Catechism of the Catholic Church” (by John Paul II). It did not answer any of my objections to Catholic doctrine; actually, it raised quite a few others.

            “No explanation would suffice someone of your bent.”

            Oooooooooooooooo…nice dodge, while tossing an insult my way. No explanation from you is forthcoming, because there IS none, particularly for the point I made somewhere about the title, “Pope/Papa/Holy-Father”, being clearly and blatantly and directly in direct disobedience to Jesus’ specific command that we should refer to NO ONE ON EARTH as our “(Spiritual) Father” (the fact that it is “spiritual” title that Jesus is referring to is clear from the context, and since “normal” such titles have no spiritual danger “contained” within them).

          • TruthWFree

            I am Catholic, but read up on the History of Christianity…there was corruption in the papacy at the time of Martin Luther and even at times before. If God did not want the Protestant Reformation to happen, it would not have happened. I am upset that there are so many denominations but much of the Protestant Reformation getting back to the Scriptures was necessary in my opinion. The Issue of Islam is most troubling for me in that I have read much on it including the Quran and have come to the conclusion that Islam is Satan inspired, yet I see this Pope coddling it while Islam is horribly persecuting Christians in Muslim lands…and he says nothing. I also read that Pope John Paul II kissed the Quran. The man should have known better. The Quran calls for fighting and subduing Jesus followers…Christians and Jews (Sura 9-29) and there are many other verses against unbelievers. We as Christians should be uniting as followers of Jesus; we do not follow a mere man if he leads us astray…and so far this man Francis is leading us astray in my opinion.

          • Little_Cossack

            I am not yet ready to throw Pope Francis out with the bath water. Consider the sources cited for your opinion. Then go to the Church for it’s own explanations. You will find, even in a Jewish venue such as this here, an agenda that skews from objective journalism. That is only natural. If you are a conservative Catholic you will always seek what the Church says rather than rely on non-authorized sources of information.

          • TruthWFree

            I’ve read “The Story of Christianity” authored by a Catholic Priest and a Protestant Publisher and also a book by Malichi Martin entitled “The Fall of the Roman Church”. It’s a very good history going back to the beginning but put a lot of blame on the secular power the Church had starting with Constantine…they went from persecution to deciding who would be king. We know that power corrupts. The Pope is a man and he can be corrupted just as anyone else. Miraculously, the Church has not strayed over the years because of the foundation of its lay people and Holy Spirit filled clergy (not all). The Church did stray at the time of Luther and we got the Protestant Reformation….The selling of indulgences and today the pedophile problem. You should also know that there were heretical movements in the early church regarding the divinity of Christ. The printing of the Bible and Gospels was a great thing in that more people could read the words of Jesus in the Gospels. Christianity is not complicated. One must believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind who would believe in Him and follow His commands…to love one another as I have loved you. No need to make it complicated and argue over who is correct. All Christians who believe the above are brothers and sisters in Christ to me, no matter what their denomination unless they use it to separate themselves. The words of Christ in the Gospels were I place my faith. Have you read the Gospels through?…I have over ten times in the last ten years plus all Paul’s letters and others through Revelations. The Pope is supposed to be the shepherd, but that does not mean we follow him blindly. We are to be wary as Christ says in Matthew 10:16. We’ve also seen that priests can go astray…wolves in sheep’s clothing.

          • Joe D.I.R.T.

            You deal with the mundane. The Mass as celebrated centers on the body & blood of Christ. This Mass has remained the same for 1500 years. It’s one thing to get caught up in non-imprimatur publications on Catholicism, it’s another to be a cannibal for Christ for when we eat of his body & drink of his blood isn’t that the true essence of the ecumenical universal Catholic church to attain eternal life, to experience God’s mysticism, spirituality? Forget external things, focus on your soul & relationship with God. Are you saying the Catholic church membership of over a Billion people is a corrupt church & leaders. That’s what you sound like in your accusatory diatribe. Good luck.

          • TruthWFree

            “Miraculously, the Church has not strayed over the years because of the foundation of its lay people and Holy Spirit filled clergy (not all).”

            Did you read my post? Because of the belief going back 2000 years to the Last Supper, that Christ is present in the Eucharist as he promised….”…Take and Eat, this is my Body….”, I too believe in the transubstantiation (Thomas of the bread and wine.

          • Jakareh

            I really don’t think we should have a Catholic versus Protestant debate here, but if you believe in the divinity of Jesus, then he logically can’t be an intercessor since He would be interceding before Himself. Protestants often overthink Catholic doctrine. An intercessor is merely someone who prays for another. If you ask your mother to pray for you, then she would be an intercessor on your behalf. Clearly, there is nothing wrong with the concept of intercessors, but Jesus can’t be one.

          • Little_Cossack

            …asking whichever soul or spirit to pray to God, ask God, communicate with God on behalf of the person steeped in prayerful meditation … sort of like the ultimate Kundalini for the yogi types. The Joyful, Sorrowful, & Glorious mysteries of the Rosary are perfect to that end. “behold your son”

          • Jakareh

            In the way I used the word, I believe “before” was the correct preposition and I changed it accordingly.

          • Danny Dodge

            The papacy changed the laws (torah) and times (feasts) to those of the roman mithraic religion, the protestants reject some of the catholic additions but still reject the torah and feasts for this silly “fulfilment” rubbish and quoting paul’s letters (paul was not a prophet nor did he meet the messiah, he has no authority) what does revelation call the patience of tte saints?

          • AugustineThomas

            Do you guys all get your information about Catholicism from whack job fundamentalist bigot websites?

          • Douglas J. Bender

            The Trinity shows that Jesus can be both God, AND Intercessor between God (the Father) and mankind.

          • Mike Gannome

            So, you never ask people to pray for you or you don’t pray for anyone? Asking the BVM or a saint to pray for us is the same thing. You are sadly mistaken.

          • AugustineThomas

            We pray straight to Jesus. There are many biblical passages that support asking people in purgatory or heaven to pray for you.
            You ignore Christ’s command for unity as if he desired 40,000 warring Protestant churches all badmouthing each other and never agreeing on a single point of doctrine. You guys are too busy warring with each other and promoting the gospel of wealth to do as much charity as members of the Church have done since Christ founded his Church, by giving a vision to St. Peter to go to Rome and found his diocese. That diocese is the Holy See, even if we do sometimes end up with bad popes like this one.

          • TruthWFree

            Yeah, I think this guy is leading us astray and I agree that Christians of any stripe bashing one another is not Christian,,,the devil’s in the mix somewhere. If we believe in Jesus as the Son of God, One with the Father, you have seen me, you have seen the Father, and follow his commands namely to love one another as I have loved you, (all pretty simple), then we should unite as Christians. The bad mouthing gets us no where. Legitimate issues of disagreement need to be discussed, if if the central belief of faith in Jesus Christ and love of one another (even love of enemy) is not adhered to, then I don’t think anyone can call himself a follower of Christ.

          • TruthWFree

            Bobby Lee,
            I am Catholic but i would say there is evidence of prayer to the saints for intercession with God. What about at the marriage feast, where Mary asked Jesus to do something about the wine? Or where Jesus says that John the Baptist is greater than any man born of woman, but that the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. At the foot of the cross, Jesus says to John, there is your mother…and to Mary, there is your son. Jesus statements were almost always for all eternity so the statement, “there is your mother” applies to his followers in my opinion. Mary, being the One chosen by God to bring His Son into the world has to be one of the highest in Heaven, don’t you think? And it appears that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) listens to her when she asks for help. I do pray the Rosary almost daily which is largely a prayer to Mary (backed by Luke’s Gospel…Hail Mary, full of grace, Blessed are thou amongst women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb). Each mystery of the Rosary focus’ on an event in Jesus’ life like birth, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. The Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the Immaculate Conception, born without original sin because of her role in Christ’s birth. You may not need Mary to get to Heaven, but please, all of you Protestants, do not throw her under the bus because we Catholics honor her…all nations shall call me Blessed…and you should too.

          • Paul Yoder

            Actually, there is a basis for this practice and it comes right out of the scriptures you seem to imagine you are so well versed in. The very first time Jesus performs a miracle, he is, of sorts, answering a prayer. They run out of wine at the wedding. Instead of going directly to Jesus, they ASK HIS MOTHER for help, who replies, “Let me talk to my Son”, who, while he doesn’t seem to be wild about the idea, takes care of the situation.
            Of course you don’t need Mary to pray through, but there are no extra words in the Bible. Everything is there for our instruction. The concept of asking Mary to ask her Son is firmly established in scripture, whether you like it or not.

        • TruthWFree

          I agree with you but name calling solves nothing but turn the person against you. She is just ignorant of what the Church teaches and does not know Christian history.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Only an idiot would say that people pray to the Pope.

      • James Blazsik

        Myrtle, you are an anti-Catholic bigot.

      • JTLiuzza

        Get a grip on yourself and do a little homework.

      • TruthWFree

        Myrtle, I do not agree with what this Pope is doing, especially in the Palestian and Islamic thing, and I am a Catholic. Islam is Satan’s religion after all my reading including the Quran. The Pope is supposed to be the leader of the Catholic (Latin for Universal) Church but i am not compelled to agree with him. I read the Gospels and the Bible and that is my basis for faith. I aws taught in Catholic grade school also. For 1500 years there was no other Christian church than the Catholic Church except for the breakaway Eastern Church in the 1200’s. Martin Luther started the Protestant movement in the early 1500’s when the Catholic Church leadership (Pope) became corrupt. There is nothing wrong with taking issue with this runaway Pope, but we Christians must not separate over denominational differences. We all believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for our sins so that we could have eternal life with Him in Heaven…IF we believed in Him and followed his commands….basically to love one another as I have loved you. Islam’s Quran (supposedly from their allah) states that Jesus never died on the cross and that Jesus never said He is the Son of God…both lies against the Gospels written 700 years before the Quran. Jesus said in the Gospels that Satan is the father of all lies. The Quran teachings of hate and violence against unbelievers is 180 degree opposite Jesus Christ’s teachings of love and forgiveness. Putting those two issues together, I come to the logical conclusion that allah is Satan and that Islam is Satan inspired. This Pope should know that in his position. It’s as if their eyes are blind…I suspect we are in the end times.

    • Americana

      I’d hardly say this Pope is lacking the basic knowledge and credentials to comment on radical Islamists or any other issues in the Middle East. The fact this Pope isn’t able to wave his magic scepter and make it all OK for everyone in the region is the reality of the Middle East — its politics, its sociology and its religions. It is not mutually exclusive for this Pope to wish for peace and tranquility in the region while championing the rights of both peoples. In fact, this is the reality for the foreseeable future. Championing one people over the other is infeasible except in the short term.

      As for keeping up w/the realities of the negotiations, you shouldn’t ignore that Hamas has stated it is willing to have a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders even if it doesn’t give the Israelis acknowledgment of their right to exist. Since the Israelis don’t allow a similar declaration of statehood for the Palestinians, once again, this is a tit for tat situation minus the direct threat of genocide. There is incremental progress, it’s just not the progress that Israel wants. But considering what Israel wants is not feasible either, what is the logical choice to be made between the two sides? Considering that the Jews injected themselves into the region knowing what the political situation would remain, it’s incumbent upon Israel to find the compromise that will allow both nations to coexist. It’s not a solution to pretend that the current status quo can be maintained forever.
      __________________________________________________________________

      From the Jerusalem Post:

      “Abbas is not telling them the truth. He says ‘this is my government’. But it is not his government. It is a government of national unity. He is marketing it in this way to minimize the pressure,” said Zahar, who took part in the unity negotiations.

      Hamas leaders have said in the past that the movement could live peacefully alongside Israel if it wins a state on all Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1967, although the Islamist group’s 1988 founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel and for recovering all mandate Palestine. But it continues to say it will not recognize Israel officially.

      • Boogie’s Daddy

        This is Arab propaganda. There is NO Palestinian land occupied by Israel. Israel was established as a state by the U.N and the Jews embraced it. The Arabs were offered their own nation at the same time and they rejected it, then attacked Israel and got their butts whooped. The Arabs attacked again in 1967and got beaten. The line they were beaten back to is the rightful border now. The Arabs made their bed. All Israel wants is for the Arabs to stop lobbing missiles into Israel.

        • Americana

          That’s true that the borders arrived at after the 1967 hostilities are where the Palestinian state is likely to be but Palestinian statehood must be finalized, not kept in perpetual limbo. The fact the Israelis were offered a state by the United Nations is not the final disposition of that land as far as the Israelis are concerned or Israelis wouldn’t be continuing to take over East Jerusalem as well as pushing settlements in other areas. Settlers don’t build w/the intention of relinquishing their communities after any political peace process comes about that nullifies their presence. So whether you call something an “occupation” vs “settlement and eminent domain,” it seems Israel wants a lot more from the Palestinians than simply stopping lobbing missiles into Israel. The longer this process of statehood takes, the messier it will be. Making it messier won’t make it any easier once push comes to shove.

          From the Jerusalem Post:

          Hamas leaders have said in the past that the movement could live peacefully alongside Israel if it wins a state on all Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1967, although the Islamist group’s 1988 founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel and for recovering all mandate Palestine. But it continues to say it will not recognize Israel officially.

          • Drakken

            Let me help you out with your little liberal retard moment, the muslim will NEVER EVER give the Jews of Israel any peace unless it is the peace of the grave, period! Silly, ignorant, stupid leftist always think that they can stick a round peg through a square hole. One way or another this pali problem is going to be decided through war, and to the victors go the spoils. If you want to show your support to a bunch of inbred savages, please by all means go there, I can hear Rachel Corrie screaming for company from here.

          • johhnie the jew

            Spot on as always mate. What these dizzy little deluded dimwits forget is that after the fall of the Ottoman Empire 5,000,000 sq miles of land was divided up by France and England. The Jews got a lousy 1% out of that deal ! And look what they’ve managed to do with it compared to their sand boy neighbours. And still some continue to quibble and snipe about Israeli “expansionist land grabs, blah, blah, bloody boring, blah. The focus should be on what’s going on in our own back yard with the insidious, corrosive islamic “cultural” (more like a non-culture!) creep into our culture which luckily is being increasingly exposed in some more non cowardly sections of the media for what it is. Nihilistic BS par excellence. What happened in last weeks European elections is indicative of an increasing awareness and shift in more peoples perception of this contagion. Let it roll.

          • Drakken

            One way or another mate, war is going to decide all and the leftist do gooders are going to find out the hard way where their bread is buttered. I find extremely amusing that Israel, with the worst land on the planet, can make the place bloom and produce, while next door the bloody savages can’t even feed themselves and blame the Jews for all their problems.

          • Gee

            There will never be such as state in Israeli territory. The thieving Arabs do not have any legal claim to the land.
            We have THREE read that again THREE INTERENATIONAL LAWS that state all land west of the Jordan River or ours and cannot be given to anybody else. The Arabs have no claim whatsoever

          • Americana

            http://www.balfourproject.org.uk

            The Balfour Declaration was nullified and is superseded by agreements made after WW II.

          • truebearing

            Leftist troll.

          • Americana

            I’m not a leftist troll in any respect. I’m interested in seeing peace in that region in my lifetime because I see **just as much risk for the Jewish nation however they pursue justice for themselves and however they try to be just to the Palestinians.** My mother was British and she was a nurse during WW II. The ONLY TIME we ever had a serious argument was over what the Jews did as Hitler took control in Germany and then the rest of Europe. She said she never understood why the Jews didn’t flee Europe once the Nazis began to vilify the Jews and take legal actions against them and began to force them into ghettos. I asked her what she would have done w/a quadriplegic husband and 5 young children (we were not a highly mobile family) if she’d been the victim of that kind of armed and vigilant police state action that didn’t allow you freedom of movement and your commodities wouldn’t buy your life.

            The argument happened because I had a Jewish boyfriend whose family had sent some of its children to South Africa in 1939 where that branch of the family remain to this day. Leonard had told us over dinner one night that he would be going to London to visit his aunt, the last surviving member of the European branch of his family. When he told us how many of his family members had died in the various countries during the Holocaust, it was sickening. When you can’t sell your house or your goods for a reasonable price because everyone knows they’ve got you over a barrel and when you can’t secure the paperwork to save your family members, what do you do? We NEVER argued over the feasibility of millions of Jews saving themselves again. Because it was never the Jews who would have saved themselves at that point, it was those other ethnicities, those fellow Frenchmen or Dutch or Italians, who saw a wrong and chose to fight it. There’s a reason why the few people who risked their lives and saved their fellow Jews are honored to this day.

          • Drakken

            There will never ever be peace with the muslims unless they are under a western style boot. Good luck with that kumbaya moment, reality is far different.

          • John C

            Truebearing,, It appears we have a group of Jew haters here ! all I have to say is ; Allah Sucks !

          • 1Indioviejo1

            Your mother had an emotional rationalization of the “Jewish Dilema” in Europe in 1932. The Jews are too civilized to believe that their German friends and neighbors would be so stupid and murderous. To most of them, Hitler was a delusional lunatic and the German people, the people of Mozart, Bethoven, Heine, Hegel, “ad infinitum” would never stoop so low, but they did. Germans are “just” people. If humans were angels we wouldn’t need Cops.

          • Americana

            Exactly, Indio. Only those Jews who’d lived through the most recent pogroms in Russia and Poland and so on and had fled to Germany and elsewhere in Europe would likely have been fearful early on as the Nazis began their propaganda campaign. The shame lies most of all w/those nations not opening up their borders to Jewish refugees quickly enough. America most of all should have opened her borders to European Jews. We were not among The Righteous. To our shame.

        • mikep1738

          In1922 the Arabs were offered a state in the Mandate and they accepted. Today it’s called the Kingdom of Jordan.

          • Americana

            The Trans-Jordan land declaration was never meant to include all the land of Palestine or all the Palestinians living there >>>> otherwise it WOULD HAVE INCLUDED all the land of the Palestine Mandate from the time Jordan was declared! That was merely the initial partitioning of the land to satisfy the demands of those Arabs who eventually became Jordanian. Off to find a definitive breakdown of the two DIFFERENT and SEPARATE agreements that demonstrate this idea that Jordan would include all Palestinians as her citizens is a fallacy.

          • Gee

            Americana – it sure as heck did. Try again when you read the facts

          • Americana

            Perhaps if we all read The Balfour Project web site from stem to stern, we’d all be equipped to deal w/the realities of the Balfour Declaration w/a deeper understanding of the British rationalization for making that agreement.

            http://www.balfourproject.org.uk

          • Americana

            http://www.balfourproject.org.uk

            This is one of the better web sites for an in-depth understanding of how the Balfour Declaration came about and just how it failed to meet the demographic realities of the region.

        • Gee

          Israel was not established by the UN. They do not have the authority.
          The General Assembly voted to RECOMMEND that British withdraw their personnel from the Mandate. That is all they could do and the British did so.
          We established and created the State of Israel not the UN, not the US, not anybody else – WE DID IT!

      • billobillo54

        You are spewing Arab, Muslim, UN, leftist b.s. Learn a little history of the region before you start talking. Here are some facts:
        1. Jordan is the “Palestinian State”
        2. The “Palestinians” voluntarily left Israel in 1948 with the promise that once the invading Arab armies destroyed the Jews they could return and occupy.
        3. There NEVER was a “State of Palestine.” There NEVER was a people called “Palestinians” that did not include and especially refer to JEWS.
        4. Pre 1967 borders are indefensible and will cause W.W. III if implemented.
        5. The PA, Fatah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood ALL deny the right of Israel to even exist and will not agree to a land for peace deal (e.g. “Taqqya” or deception via diplomacy) that asserts this Israeli right.
        6. The UN established Israel originally as a small fraction of the land that was originally promised to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration following The Treaty of Versailles.
        7. “It’s the religion stupid.” Islam, like all Christian Replacement Theology (especially apostate leftist Protestantism and Roman Catholicism) cannot account for a thriving, growing, economically strong, militarily strong and secure Israel established by God Himself. Therefore, both Islam and Replacement Theology hate and oppose Zionism, an idea which has originated and is being carried out by God Himself.
        8. All islamic regimes in the world permit and perpetrate crimes and persecution against Christians and support Islamicism of one kind or another. The State of Israel defends Christians and basic human rights and is the only Middle Eastern State to do so.

      • truebearing

        You’re wrong again. Show us the quote where any Palestinian leader states that israel has a right to exist.

        Jews didn’t inject themselves into israel, you fool. It was their homeland for thousands of years. Palestine never even existed as a country. It was misnamed by the Romans at a time when arabs weren’t even living there. The greeks have more of a claim than a bunch of arabs from Egypt, which is where most “palestinians” are from.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Your rave is Rubbish. It has been said before and it adds no credibility to any solution.

    • billobillo54

      This Pope knows exactly what he is doing. He was extremely critical of Benedict’s just and righteous condemnation of islamic violence.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        This is the point I made. I believe there was a Coup D’Etat against Benedict by the power broker Cardinals, the “Italian Maffia” of the Vatican. They couldn’t do it against John Paul II, a Polish Cardinal truly blessed, but they did it against the German Benedict because a German Conservative had no “following”. It is revolting.

        • billobillo54

          I would not doubt this. Benedict, and a few other lonely voices in Roman Catholicism throughout the recent decades, correctly either righteously condemned Islam and/or correctly and righteously asserted the right of the Jews and the Biblical destiny of the Jews to posess the Land (i.e. Zionism). “It’s the religion stupid” is at the heart of this matter. The New testament asserts without any doubt that the Jews would be in the Land at the end of the age.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      As a practicing Catholic I don’t believe this guy is well intentioned. On the other hand, I also believe that the influx of latinos is a detriment to my country because they have grown in Liberation Theology. I agree with you, we are in trouble.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Pope Franny is the worst pope since the nazi-loving Pius XII. Even John Paul II didn’t stoop to such Islamo grovelment. At least he kicked the Bolshies out of Poland. The Vatican never ceases to amaze. First they got rid of Benedict the nazi and Inquisitor and installed someone even more mediocre. Where will this end up? “Oh, Rome, your ruin draws near. Not of your walls, but of your blood and substance” – Michel de Nostradame. “The camel will come to drink of the Danube and will not repent of it” – Michel de Nostradame.

    • ben t

      I deplore Pope Francis’ playing nicey-nice with the brutish mohammedans but I am seeing a lot of ignorant Catholic bashing here. Pius XII was not a nazi lover! Pope Benedict was NOT a nazi. Pope Francis is a Jesuit and is using a ploy typical of his order to manipulate the moslems. You know nothing of History. How naive and simple-minded you are!

    • James Blazsik

      You are an anti-Catholic bigot and are truly ignorant of Catholic history. Please read:

      The Myth of Hitler’s Pope : how Pope Pius XII rescued Jews from the Nazis – by Rabbi David Dalin.

      The author also treats Catholic history and how the Popes indeed supported the Jewish people.

  • Lanna

    This pope is pushing the Palestinian state, and taking sides against Israel, he may appear to negotiate for both sides, but his ambitions serve evil. Mahmoud Abbas is a man of peace like Yassir Arafat, and Osama Bin Laden were….NOT. Talk about horrible judgement.

    • Myrtle

      He pretends to a man of GOD while promoting practices of Satan.Even though he is fooling a lot of people, we know a tree by the fruit it bears. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Continue by reading the entire chapter of Matthew 7.

  • BEN JABO

    Abbas & PEACE OF THE DEAD

  • Jerry G

    Francis is a first amongst popes. The first Communist and Jihadist supporter pope
    What could be worst, particularly since the Jihadists are slaughtering his people..

    • Suzanne

      Sorry to say this but I feel you are right. I had a feeling this pope was going to be BIG trouble a few months back when he started “bad mouthing” capitalism. Wasn’t this pope originally a Jesuit? I might be wrong on this (I’m not Catholic and hardly an expert on Catholic clergy) – but haven’t the Jesuits and other Catholic orders had major communist leanings in the past – especially in backing attempted communist takeovers in Central and South America? If this is so – the reason for this is probably something like this. A lot of Catholic clergy fundamentally don’t have a clue about how the real world works – they romanticize the perceived “underdog” and therefore it’s a quick leap to major communist- like leanings. After all, when you look at Communism on paper – it seems very “Christ like” what with it’s idea that all people get the same etc. It’s really a shame for the clergy who do “get it” (and they ARE out there, too) as I can imagine that they’re often very much ostracized by their leftist peers. For instance, a friend of mine is a nun. When I asked her how her convert voted – not ONE of them voted Republican and they haven’t for many, many years. Now, I could be wrong on this but I believe that this is directly because, the nuns also think the same – they live communally and make the leap that because their convent works – communism is a perfect society – sort of in imitation of the poverty of Jesus and how he seemed to be so uninterested in anything material. What they don’t understand is that -while this lifestyle can work alright for small groups who VOLUNTARILY choose it – it’s proved catastrophic for whole nations when they’ve attempted to implement it. So – my point is…. too many Catholic clergymen have a very romanticized idea of communism and so are natural allies of today’s “hard left” – the same “hard left” who can’t stand capitalist and free nations like America and Israel. Therefore, if this Pope is a product of all this – it’s natural that he would go around idealizing third world murderers and tyrants because after all – they’re the poor “underdogs” living in failed societies. He would do this instead of advocating for the free people like the Jews in Israel. It’s a terrible blunder to make – this fundamental dislike of capitalism as his own people – the middle east Christians are being butchered by these same rotten leaders whom he seems to take such pity on.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        I am Catholic. No Pope can claim ignorance. The Church has a corp of clergy of all stripes. We have had criminals and pederast in 1900 years of Christianity. We have intelectuals, philosophers, Theologians, Communist, and a very live political struggle for power. Just like with Presidents of the U.S., sometimes we get lucky and have a man like John Paul II, who was a Saint, but not many men can fill his shoes. Any Christian or Catholic who votes for the Party of abortion and homosexuality is not a Christian. Those Nuns you claim as friends are just as degenerate as the Priest who rape children

    • 1Indioviejo1

      No. The Church has a history of some very bad Popes. Read up on Rodrigo Borgia!

  • VC

    He is a man of peace… he brings peace to the church’s mind with his holocaust denial and continous incitement for another genocide against jews

  • Reuven

    Mahmoud Abbas planned and financed the Munich Massacre of Israeli athletes. Some “Man of Peace” he is!

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    Something happened after the ‘barrier stop’. The Pope seems to have been infuriated by some of his entourage or among the ‘Palestinians’ who were manipulating him with brazen disrespect – you will note the whole trip takes a bold shift afterwards. Finally, Netanyahu seems to have ‘gotten through’ on the necessity of the wall and the reality of terrorism. The Pope’s own words were not qualified – asserted clearly the rights of the Jews in their homeland. I am far more hopeful than I had thought I would be.

  • Gee

    Some things never change – Islamic terrorism, Catholic support of Jewish genocide.
    Hope Israel makes this the last visit by any Pope

  • Roy Treeblossom

    The pope has got too much ‘sympathy for the devil’. This is a horrible exposure of the blindness of the Catholic establishment concerning the true gospel. Robert, as much as I do appreciate your fight against evil (Islam), your knowledge of Christianity is sorely lacking! Stop fighting the devil in your own strength, dedicate your life fully to your lord and saviour Jesus Christ (repent, be born again and choose to be water-baptised as an adult), and ask Him to anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit, the only power that is able to overcome all the power of the enemy and his religion. ‘Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts’, Zechariah 4:6.

    • Juan José Rivera Díaz

      Great! there are like 40,000 “christian” sects which say the same thing. Tell me friend, which one do you recommed?

      • Roy Treeblossom

        Just verify the Bible.

        John 3:3-5, Luke 13:3-5, Acts 2:37-41, Acts 16:29-34

        • Juan José Rivera Díaz

          Ok, I couldn’t find “westboro baptist church” on those passages. Other than that, The Catholic Church is in perfect harmony with them ;)

          • Roy Treeblossom

            I am a former catholic …

          • Juan José Rivera Díaz

            Shocking… so? There’s a mexican saying which says, “Católico Ignorante, futuro protestante”. In english it would go like: “An ignorant catholic is a protestant in the making”.

          • Toby Vanilla

            Can you point out my ignorance !? The knowledge or Ignorance concerning the Gospel is crucial for your assurance of salvation:
            Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

            Sorry mate, how many times did you read your Bible !? Most catholics, at least in my country, do not have, let alone use a bible. When I attended the Catholic Church, I never saw one believer carrying a bible. In that time I never heard about the essentials of Christianity in any sermons. My faith became totally irrelevant. Child baptism is not supported in the Scriptures, this is also a major error within protestantism. So I do not call me a protestant either but a evangelical/pentecostal. The fact that you are opposing me, makes me doubt you are a born again believer and consequently a Christian. So you do fully understand what it means to be somebody who has fully repented and was being born again? How would you define a Christian !?

            The position of the pope within the RC is also unscriptural: Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Col. 1:18 And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

            Mary is not a mediator either: 1Tim. 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

            About celibacy: 1Tim. 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

            Are you a Christian, please check: http://www.acts17-11.com/christian.html

          • Juan José Rivera Díaz

            I gather, from your ignorance that:

            1.- You think, (as muslims do with the Qur’an) the Bible is coeternal with God. Let me tell you, the Bible comes from the TRADITION. Jesus Christ didn’t carry a Bible. He TALKED to the people. ORAL TRADITION. Then, some of the apostles wrote down SOME of His words, but mostly, His word were passed on by ORAL TRADITION. The Bible is a canon of books compiled by, oh my God! The Catholic Church.

            2.- The Papacy predates the Bible. (OMG!!) Peter was named the Rock by Jesus Christ long before the Early Church Fathers compiled the Bible.

            “Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ”

            3.- How do you call your own biological father? Sperm donor?

            Matthew 23:9 means that one’s faith must be in God, not in a man. To take that verse literally is quite stupid. Do you have children? A daughter? Would you deny your own daughter to call you “father” just because a stupid and wrong interpretation?

            4.- The Catholic Church doesn’t forbid anyone to marry. Celibacy is A CHOICE.

            Celibacy is one of those signs that reminds us of Christ’s absolute demands, of his liberating return, of the economy of the kingdom of heaven, of the need to be vigilant, to break with the world, with the flesh, with lust, and, with joy in our hearts, to accept renunciation of the passions for pure love of Jesus. Celibacy reminds us that marriage in Christ also entails sacrificial demands: complete and lifelong faithfulness (monogamy and indissolubility), and purity of heart (adultery is not merely physical). Celibacy is one way of obeying Christ’s invitation: «If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it» (Mt 16:24-25).

            “Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. . . those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. . . . The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband” (7:27-34).

            Saint Paul’s conclusion: He who marries “does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better” (7:38).

            Regarding the foods… muslims are forbid from eating pork and non-halal food, so are the jews with their kosher thing.

            Catholics are allowed to eat all kind of food. It’s customary during lent to abstain red meat on fridays, but that’s not mandatory. You are very deluded my friend.

          • Roy Treeblossom

            Complete nonsense, you want to make up your own religion !?

            Mat 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

            Rev. 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

            2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

            2Pet. 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

            Psalm 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

            Deut 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

          • Roy Treeblossom

            Mark 7:6    He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
              “‘These people honor me with their lips,
            but their hearts are far from me.
            Mark 7:7    They worship me in vain;
            their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
            8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”
            Mark 7:9    And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
            Mark 7:13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

            Matt. 15:3    Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
            Matt. 15:6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

          • Toby Vanilla

            Using multiple accounts, confusing, even to myself, see next two comments.

  • Texas Patriot

    The Pope is in a difficult position. On the one hand, he cannot be unaware of the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East. At the same time, he knows only too well that Western governments have no interest in another war for the purpose of saving Christians from extermination by their Muslim neighbors. Perhaps he sees Abbas as the only hope of saving Christian lives.

    • StanleyT

      Then he’s not particularly bright. He has only to study the demographics of Bethlehem: a majority Christian city when “occupied” by Israel, now has less than 9% Christians under the PA.

      Abbas offers hope to nobody except his bankers.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The Pope is in a difficult position?

      How can being Moral difficult?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        The Pope during WW2, Pope Pious should have spoken out against the nazis and Mussolini’s fascists..

        • ben t

          You are IGNORANT of history and a tool of the KGB’s post- WWII campaign against the Catholic Church”s power in W. Europe. See B’nai Brith’s documentary, “Righteous Enemy”, read Rabbi David Dalin, “The Myth of Hitler’s Pope” Regenery 2005, read Rabinowitz’s Wall Street Column, “An Army of Shindlars”(8/20/09), READ the life story of the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, 1939-45!!!
          How you people who are so ignorant of history can mouth off is sad.

          • Americana

            Much as I’d like to believe Pope Pius did everything he could during WW II, I believe he was politically frightened to move against the Germans and the Axis to the extent he should have. Those Italian Catholics who took action against the rounding up of Jews I believe did it on their own recognizance without being cued by the Pope to do so. Eventually, Pope Pius began to shift into action but he didn’t move nearly as forcefully to mobilize his Catholic clergy to help as he could have or should have.

            From the Jewish Virtual Library:

            The International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission (ICJHC), a group comprised of three Jewish and three Catholic scholars, was appointed in 1999 by the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. In October of 2000, the group of scholars finished their review of the Vatican’s archives, and submitted their preliminary findings to the Commission’s then-President, Cardinal Edward I Cassidy. Their report, entitled “The Vatican and the Holocaust,” laid to rest several of the conventional defenses of Pope Pius XII.

            The often-espoused view that the Pontiff was unaware of the seriousness of the situation of European Jewry during the war was definitively found to be inaccurate. Numerous documents demonstrated that the Pope was well-informed about the full extent of the Nazi’s anti-Semitic practices. A letter from Konrad von Preysing, Bishop of Berlin, that proved that the Pope was aware of the situation as early as January of 1941, particularly caught the attention of the commission. In that letter, Preysing confirms that “Your Holiness is certainly informed about the situation of the Jews in Germany and the neighboring countries. I wish to mention that I have been asked both from the Catholic and Protestant side if the Holy See could not do something on this subject…in favor of these unfortunates.” The letter, which was a direct appeal to the Pope himself, without intermediaries, provoked no response. In 1942, an even more compelling eyewitness account of the mass-murder of Jews in Lwow was sent to the Pope by an archbishop; this, too, garnered no response.

            The commission also revealed several documents that cast a negative light on the claim that the Vatican did all it could to facilitate emigration of the Jews out of Europe. Internal notes meant only for Vatican representatives revealed the opposition of Vatican officials to Jewish emigration from Europe to Palestine. “The Holy See has never approved of the project of making Palestine a Jewish home…[because] Palestine is by now holier for Catholics than for Jews.” Some Catholic higher-ups violated this position of the Vatican by helping Jews to immigrate when they were able to; most did not.

            Similarly, the attempts of Jews to escape from Europe to South America were sometimes thwarted by the Vatican. Vatican representatives in Bolivia and Chile wrote to the pontiff regarding the “invasive” and “cynically exploitative” character of the Jewish immigrants, who were already engaged in “dishonest dealings, violence, immorality, and even disrespect for religion.” The commission concluded that these accounts probably biased Pius against aiding more Jews in immigrating away from Nazi Europe.

            The claim that the Vatican needed to remain neutral in the war has also been refuted in recent months. In January of 2001, a document recently declassified by the U.S. National Archives was discovered by the World Jewish Congress. The document was a report in which Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Pius XII’s secretary of state, detailed and denounced several abuses committed by the Soviet Army against German inhabitants of the Soviet Union. The report was widely viewed as demonstrating that the Vatican had no compunctions about speaking out against atrocities, even when doing so would violate neutrality.

          • ben t

            All Jews in Italy were totally protected by the Fascist Government. It was only in 1943 with the Allied invasion of the Italian mainland and the obvious fall of fascism that the Italian gov’t kicked out Mussolini,surrendered to the Allies and then THE GERMAN NAZIS took over. Of 50,000 Italian Jews the Nazis exterminated 10,000. Please read the the sources I cited, especially that of the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli (and Rabbi Dalin’s book.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Italy was the best, least evil of the Axis powers. Italians are generally humane.

            Pope John XXIII was rightly Beatified.

          • Americana

            I’ll try to grab those book recommendations sometime this week, ben. Thanx for listing them for us. Perhaps they may convince me Pope Pius insisted the Church do more to protect the Italian Jews. To me, it was other facets of Italian society that did so. I’ll certainly give these books a read.

    • wildjew

      The pope should be about doing God’s will on the earth. He should be dispensing God’s word on the earth to the people. Now if we (Christians, Catholics and Jews) worship different gods then lets just be honest and say so? Let us not pretend we all worship the same God when we don’t.

      • Texas Patriot

        Since there is only one God who can rightly be said to have created the universe and everything in it, it is not possible to imagine that Christians and Jews worship different Gods. What is different between us is the idea of what it takes to please God.

        Jesus said that if our virtue goes no deeper than the Scribes and the Pharisees, we will never get into the kingdom of heaven. In fact, in his Sermon on the Mount found in Chapters 5-7 of the Book of Matthew, Jesus lays out numerous ways in which the New Testament is a higher and harder standard than the Old Testament. Regarding relations with enemies, Jesus said this:“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

        Matthew 5:43-48

        Perhaps Pope Francis is just trying to save a few Christian lives by appealing to the only enemy of Christians in the region who is even willing to talk about peace.

        • wildjew

          Very well. Let’s explore what you are saying. If your your and my God are pleased (and displeased) by very different things, don’t we worship different Gods? Since God is spirit (Islam also holds that God is incorporeal) then the only way we can know God is by His attributes. That particular verse you quote is not taken from the Torah or anywhere in the Hebrew Bible, I am sure you know. There is no commandment in the law of Moses to “hate your enemy.” Love your neighbor as yourself, yes. But the notion that I must love and pray for my enemy (let us say Barack Obama for example) is in NO way pleasing to the God I believe in. If it is pleasing to your god then isn’t your god different from my God? Let’s take the god of Islam, Allah. Allah, Muslim scholars teach, is pleased by human sacrifice; I am talking about “suicide” martyrdom. Clearly there is a consensus at al-Azhar Universty in Cairo where Obama addressed the Muslim world that in some cases suicide martyrdom is justified and pleasing to Allah. Human sacrifice is an abomination to the God I serve. How then can YHWH and Allah be the same God? How can Jesus and YHWH be the same God since God commanded us to purge the evil from our midst and Jesus reportedly said, “Do not resist evil…”? Jesus will correct that wrong when he comes back, don’t you think? Clearly we must resist, fight and defeat evil because YHWH commands we do so.

          • Texas Patriot

            Where in the Old Testament does it say that man can defeat evil? Jesus said that there will be wars and rumors of war until the end of time. We are told in the Old Testament that man was created in the image of God. Not some, but all of mankind. Yet, we are also told that God has cursed all men and all women for the failure of Adam and Eve to keep the one command he gave them. Therefore, in a very real sense, we’re all in the same boat.

            Jesus said that we should pray that God’s kingdom shall come and his will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jews and Christians agree that God is absolutely holy and absolutely perfect to a degree not possible for mere humans to imagine. It follows therefore that WE cannot initiate a holy and perfect kingdom of heaven on earth. Only God can do that.

            In the meantime, we must all do the best we can with the wisdom that is given to us. Jews have one view of what it takes to please God. Christians have another. Muslims have another. Hindus have another. And Buddhists have still another. Each man and each woman ever born on this earth has had, and will have, the challenge of choosing how to please God with their lives, and none of us can be too sure how our choices will be received. Thus, the Apostle Paul said that we should work out the path of our salvation with “fear and trembling”: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

            Philippians 2:1213

          • wildjew

            I suppose this is not the place for theological discussions but it does help to explain the pope’s behavior I think. Clearly Christians disagree on some of the details just like Jews and Muslims disagree on some of the details but there are fundamentals in the three world religions.

            “You shall purge (burn, consume, etc.) the evil from your midst.” (Deu 13:5, 17:7) That’s pretty close, no?

            Amo 5:15 Hate evil, love good,
            And establish justice in the gate!

            “Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
            Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
            He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalms)

            “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
            Pride and arrogance and the evil way
            And the perverted mouth, I hate. (Proverbs)

            “We are told in the Old Testament that man was created in the image of God. Not some, but all of mankind.”

            Please notice the context of this commandment:

            “Whoever sheds man’s blood,
            By man his blood shall be shed,
            For in the image of God
            He made man.”

            To me this is saying man was created in God’s image therefore if he behaves like an animal, a savage, a murderous Na zi or a subhuman murderous jihadist, he must be killed, because he or she is subhuman. He or she has no divine spark. T.P., there are evil people in the earth; monsters; subhumans. God commands us to deal with these monsters.

            You say, “we are also told that God has cursed all men and all women for the failure of Adam and Eve to keep the one command he gave them,” is the doctrine of “original sin.”

            We (Jews) do not believe in original sin. “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall the sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.”

            TP: “Therefore, in a very real sense, we’re all in the same boat. Jesus said that we should pray that God’s kingdom shall come and his will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jews and Christians agree that God is absolutely holy and absolutely perfect to a degree not possible for mere humans to imagine. It follows therefore that WE cannot initiate a holy and perfect kingdom of heaven on earth. Only God can do that.”

            Correct but we must fight, purge, defeat (as it nearly approximated at least in WWII) evil. God commanded: “You shall be holy as I am holy.” It would seem at any rate God wants us to strive for holiness even though we fail or fall short.

          • Texas Patriot

            Because of the differing world-views naturally derivative from their respective core theological beliefs, I think it is fair to say that the fundamental difference between Jews and Christians is that Jews are more likely to see themselves as good and everyone else as evil, whereas Christians are more likely to see everyone as evil, including themselves. As Jesus said, “Only God is good.”

          • billobillo54

            Amen to Jesus’ statement.

          • wildjew

            I definitely think that is an unfair characterization. As you said when confronted by a young man who called Jesus “good teacher,” he reportedly said only God is good. I am certain Moses, Abraham, Jacob, David, Isaiah and any number of Jews / Israelites would say the same thing. Jews who see themselves as good and everyone else as evil are not good Jews in my opinion. I certainly do not see myself as good and everyone else evil. I’ve done some pretty bad and unkind things in life. Who hasn’t? On the other hand why should you see yourself as evil unless you ARE in fact evil? Do you see yourself as evil? I think Paul’s designating himself a chief sinner was unfortunate. Then again he probably was a sinner. If you read the Hebrew Bible sinners were exceedingly wicked and evil people that David and others warned to stay clear of and not listen to their counsel.

            “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers….” (Psalm 1)

            “Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners before the LORD… (Genesis 18)” (Genesis 13)

            This is what I do not about Christians. In that Paul admits to being an exceedingly wicked man, why do Christians read him? Why do they trust him? He is evil; wicked. He said so.

          • Texas Patriot

            I’m very glad to hear that. One of Jesus’ core teachings is that we are not qualified to judge and punish others because we are not free from sin ourselves.

          • wildjew

            I think that verse is unfortunate. In the book of John Jesus is portrayed as saying we must judge but then when we do we should judge righteously. That is what Moses wrote.

            ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.’

            We have to make judgments but we must also be cognizant of our own failings and weaknesses when judging others.

          • Texas Patriot

            WJ: We have to make judgments but we must also be cognizant of our own failings and weaknesses when judging others.

            I think it is fair to say that Jesus did not teach that men should be unaware of evil in themselves or in others. Rather, he said that we should be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

            Regarding punishing the woman caught in adultery, he simply said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” All the men standing there waiting to stone the woman slowly walked away, one by one, the older ones first. To the woman he said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” Jesus taught that the highest commandments were to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and a large part of loving our neighbors I think is to protect and defend them from wrongdoers and evildoers.

            Therefore, I do not think we are permitted to turn a blind eye to evil and to permit it in our midst, but as you say, great care must be taken to speak truly, to render justice fairly, and to be very aware of the weaknesses and failings in ourselves, as well as those in others. As it is written: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Michah 6:8

          • wildjew

            According to the import of that story in the book of John, we would have no courts of law, no death penalty for murder, rape, etc., because there are no human judges without sin. Now I am not saying the woman should have been stoned for committing adultery (I am guessing she was a married woman or engaged to be married) but the rationale Jesus allegedly used here is faulty; very faulty.

          • Texas Patriot

            Maybe you’ll have the chance to tell him that someday.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Obviously, the Pope hasn’t read the Koran, and he hasn’t studied Abbas. He is wrong … although I realize he’s never supposed to be wrong. Not only is he wrong, he’s obviously a Leftist.

    Oh, for the days of JP2 …

    • truebearing

      This pope is a fraud. He is a posturing leftist and a fool. Not only that, but no Christian leader would give legitimacy to people who are just as h*ll bent on destroying Christianity as they are Israel.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Agreed. The enemy would love nothing better than to set Catholics against Protestants, again, and rip apart the Christian world.

    • Clare

      JP2? Oh for the days of Pope Urban II !!!

    • Douglas Jones

      sure, and obviously you people haven’t read Anders Breivik’s manifesto where Robert Spencer’s name is mentioned over 60 times as a man Breivik admired and considered to be his biggest inspiration.

  • Rondo

    The problem with “radical Islam” is the problem with Islam.

    Many are afraid that if Islam is the problem there can be no solution. That terrifies them. So they do all they can to avoid engaging with the evidence that Islam is the problem.

  • Melvin Wermil

    Can we get a pope impeached?
    I’m in a madhouse, A MADHOUSE!

  • fred benteen

    What a stupid, stupid man, he cares nothing for the members of his flock being butchered on a daily basis in Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria and instead embraces the Islamic cutthroats of Palestine who are of the same stripe as the murderers of his own people. Get rid of this tool.

    • Chavi Beck

      They ARE the murderers of his own people. Check out population stats for Christians in Bethlehem prior to 1993 (when Arafat was invited to create the PA) and today. It is astounding to me that the Pope could completely ignore the abuse of Christians at the hands of the PLO, showing support for the PLO and nastiness to Israel.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Not stupid, just evil!

  • Americana

    The Papacy is no more immune from having to wade through the vagaries of international politics than any other entity on the international stage. Pope Francis has responsibilities to his own Church as well as to the other faiths. It will be the height of irony if our arguments over the regional disposition of the religio-political heart of the Middle East achieves its destruction instead simply because we’re too pig-headed as human beings to see the validity of the two state solution.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    From the Jerusalem Post:

    “Abbas is not telling them the truth. He says ‘this is my government’. But it is not his government. It is a government of national unity. He is marketing it in this way to minimize the pressure,” said Zahar, who took part in the unity negotiations.

    Hamas leaders have said in the past that the movement could live peacefully alongside Israel if it wins a state on all Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1967, although the Islamist group’s 1988 founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel and for recovering all mandate Palestine. But it continues to say it will not recognize Israel officially.

    ARMED WING

    The unity pact follows a trail of previous, failed efforts to overcome the deep schism that has traumatized Palestinian politics. Agreed in just a few hours, it sidestepped one of the most sensitive issues – who would be in charge of security.

    Hamas’s armed wing has some 20,000 men in its ranks. Abbas has his own, Western-trained forces, that often cooperate with Israeli troops and police in the nearby West Bank – a practice that Zahar called “shameful”.

    • wildjew

      The pope is ostensibly God’s viceroy on the earth. You aren’t saying the Almighty or his representative has to wade through the vagaries of international politics, are you?

      • Americana

        Whether you believe the Pope shouldn’t or doesn’t have to deal w/human politics on Earth, the fact is, the Papacy has ALWAYS been hugely political. Individual Popes have been more or less politically active, for better or worse, depending on their personal upbringing or their political persuasion and exposure. NO ONE SHOULD EXCUSE the behavior of the Pope who reigned during WW II. For a POPE to exhibit that level of ignorance and bigotry and inhumanity is simply inconceivable to me as a Roman Catholic.

        If the Pope visits the Dome of the Rock, he’s venturing into the lion’s den of world politics whether he wants to or not. If the Pope wishes to retain access to, or gain additional access to, those holy sites for the world’s Catholics and Christians, the Pope has to speak w/the Palestinians who control the Temple Mount. If the Pope wishes to try to influence world peace, he’s forced to enter into the fray whether it be in Africa or Asia or the Middle East.

        • wildjew

          I mean no offense. What you say is accurate in so far as it goes. Then let’s be honest. Let us not call the pope a theologian but a politician. For me in particular what is going on in the Middle East is a religious issue. In a sense yes, politics affects us all. Moses dealt with issues of governance, you could say “politics.” The prophet wrote that messiah will deal with issue relating to “politics” (Isaiah 9:6, “and the government will rest on his shoulders…”), still I do not see God’s servants, His prophets compromising or temporizing on moral issues.

          Here is where we (Christians and Jews) differ. The pope is not going to bring about or influence world peace. There will be no world peace until God establishes His kingdom on earth; in Jerusalem and it won’t be a Palestinian city (as the pope envisions in that day) but a Jewish city. Messiah is not a Palestinian. He is a Jew. You mention Pope Pius XII, the WWII pope. Same thing. He saw it as his job (as have all popes in recent memory) to help facilitate peace with Na zi savages all the while non-Christian skeptic, Winston Churchill was convinced Naz ism needed to be obliterated. Churchill, not the pope, was doing God’s work in that respect.

          Again, no offense intended, this is incredibly naive, nay foolish to me on the part of the church and the Vatican. How can making peace with savages be reconciled with God’s word to His prophets? I am not talking about silly things like loving one’s inveterate and mortal enemies. I am talking about God’s word. This is insanity. Mussolini (the Duce) commenting on the pope’s December 24, 1942 Christmas eve broadcast said: “The Vicar of God, who is representative on earth of the Ruler of the Universe, should never speak; he should remain in the clouds….”

          • Americana

            Sadly, wildjew, what I envision happening in the Middle East requires that all the significant religious figures rein in their religious adherents and thereby play political roles in the continuing political evolution of the Middle East.

          • wildjew

            Are you saying the Bible and God’s promises to Israel in the Bible should be irrelevant? I don’t think your church takes that position, does it?

          • ObamaYoMoma

            With all due disrespect, you don’t have the first clue what you are talking about or the unintended consequences of what you propose. Indeed, you are as clueless and naive as John Kerry.

        • wildjew

          “Why did Pope Francis accepted to walk in the Temple Mount, Judaism’s most sacred site, with Mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who declared that “the Hour of Resurrection will not come until you fight the Jews”, who promoted terror against Israel and denied the existence of the Jewish Temples?

          http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15063#.U4UQv_ldV8F

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It will be the height of irony if our arguments over the regional disposition of the religio-political heart of the Middle East achieves its destruction instead simply because we’re too pig-headed as human beings to see the validity of the two state solution.

      A two state solution is absolutely impossible. As Islam’s jihad against infidels will continue perpetually until either Islam is supreme or Islam as a movement no longer exist, i.e., it has been destroyed.

  • wildjew

    Another good piece: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4524151,00.html

    Pope joins Palestinian chutzpah club

    Op-ed: Head of Catholic Church has become complicit to Palestinians’ incessant reversal of reality.

    Dan Calic
    Published: 05.27.14, 10:08 / Israel Opinion

    • Gee

      From the Calgary Herald

      • Drakken

        That about sums it up in nutshell.

      • Chavi Beck

        Fantastic
        Thanks!

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    The Pope evidently has not been able to rise above his upbringing and past, i.e., Peronist, Socialist Fascist, Marxist political and social milieu of Arjunktina. Far Left, Redistribution/Confiscatory gummint policy, has produced nothing in Aujunktina other than lack of confidence, incompetence, and stagnation/bankruptcy for the Country and in general economically.

    He lacks the self knowledge to realize when his opinions lack foundation and when he is over-extended intellectually and materially.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Someone needs to inform this Marxist pope that the Islamic totalitarian world through their proxies the so-called Palestinians are waging a jihad against the Jewish infidels in Israel to not only make Islam supreme in Israel but to also render the Jewish infidels into Islamic totalitarianism, i.e., harsh and degrading dhimmitude.

    Not only that, but the Islamic totalitarian world is also waging a jihad against all infidels and all religions around the world to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    • johnnie the jew

      And the European west is still financing this charade with its payouts at European tax payers expense to Hamas. It only begs belief if you’re not a dumbed down, mentally myopic jellyfish. But that’s the sucksville of unhinged, deluded socialism and its totalitarian benefactors. I didn’t recall any references to the Catholic churchs culpability in the case of Hitler vis a vis register of births of Jews -housing Nazi war criminals in Italian monestries, etc, whilst they got their Argentinian paper work sorted, etc, No, all too popular, fashionable apology here my friends. All conveniently air brushed away in the name of inter faith understanding and trying to go forward together. Mustn’t bring up the past, despite this is exactly where Islam is. Russian winter Olympics terrorism case in point. If the irony wasn’t so laughable you could almost forget that Islam doesn’t do equality. That they really are nice people. Despite the fact they never give back what they take. They just want to dominate. How many readings of the “divine”, albeit all too human holy book, does Mr Popie pope (Bob Hope -english rhyming slang) need to muster before the monster penny drops ? Absolutely no comprehension of the cultural fabric and dynamic and all its subtle but steadily increasing encroachments on our values and way of life. Peace.

  • Bobby Lee

    And this is also the Pope calling for a redistribution of wealth and “social justice.”

    What a tool.

  • Misfit

    I am a catholic (although not a good one) I always respect my church, the people and the Pope; But this Pope, I do not understand what is going on, on many occasions he has made several statements that suggests not only his “innocence” or ignorance (or maybe both) and does not raise the issue of Christians being massacred by Muslims but now is given legitimacy to Abbas and the real killers in Palestine. According to the church doctrine, the Pope is infallible, no! he is proven to be very fallible.

    • http://batman-news.com Loose Willy

      Amen! (Are we still allowed to say that?)

    • Ammianus

      The Pope is infallible only when he issues statements ex cathedra, which have traditionally been pronouncements on doctrine. On all other topics especially in economics and politics he can be subject to criticism. However, as the leader of the largest Christian body his every utterance is profoundly important. We live in a time when free peoples need their resolve bolstered not weakened by ignorant musings about Islam being a religion of peace.

  • pete

    between the Bush family desire for illegals and now the Pope’s utterance – this “ACT OF LOVE” crap is just getting way out of hand and needs to be quashed

  • g..man

    Not surprising coming from the pedophile whore church. Keep appeasing mr pope, you are supporting your own demise

    • http://batman-news.com Loose Willy

      The Prophet Mohamed (SBUH) was a pedophile and necrophile, and the religion of “peace” is notorious for raping and forcing adolescent girls into arranged marriages, genital mutilation, etc., but this does not bother you… they are Muslims and get a free pass. Whatever you do, disregard the Muslims and continue to bash the Catholics (and Jews) with your hate filled racism. They are the real threat.

    • James Blazsik

      You are an anti-Catholic bigot.

      • g..man

        Truth hurts penis head

  • Walter Sieruk

    One of the things that the pope is for is that he has stated that he is for “dividing the Land.” Not in is this idea very unrealistic and would not work for many reasons but to go even further then these reasons the very idea of dividing the land
    is evil in itself. The reason that this is so evil is because of the Bible prophecy of the coming Anti-Christ who the Bible prophesized will come into the world and do much wickness and harm. For one ofthe many evil things the coming Anti-Christ will do,the Bible teaches, is is to “divide the land…” Daniel 11:39. Therefore, though many people will not like to hear it, it still very much seems that the pope may vey well have some of that same wicked spirits of the coming Anti-Christ in his because he also wants to “divide the land.”

  • bleedinell

    All religion aside, the new Pope is a leftist disillusioned bigot. He panders to the wrong people and will merely cause more conflict.

  • Harry_the_Horrible

    Whatever this Pope is drinking, it sure ain’t the living water.

    • Drakken

      I wish he would drink more, it would probably give him a rare moment of clarity.

  • Drakken

    It’s all rainbows, unicorns and kumbaya until the muslims saw your had off or blow things up. As a Catholic, I am absolutely disgusted by this popes behavior of craven subservience to these goddamn savages. Deo Volente!

  • billobillo54

    Pope Francis is nothing more than the norm for Roman Catholicism. The Roman Catholic Church embraces Replacement Theology and allows Eastern Bishops and officials who have a great disdain for Zionism to drive its policy regarding Israel. Roman Catholicism also legitimizes Islam in section 841 of the current Catechism by stating that Christians and Muslims worship the same God and in the document the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangeli Gaudium” Pope Francis eloborates further on the legitimacy of Islam. The Roman Church was one of the last political entities in the world to officially recognize Israel in 1993 (45 years after the birth of the modern State of Israel). Currently, the Roman Church gives lip service to opposing anti-Semitism while officially and aggressively supporting the most vile Islamicists like Fatah and the PA and aggressively opposing Zionism. I see no difference between the opposition to Zionism and anti-Semitism.

    • James Blazsik

      The Catholic Church does not embrace Replacement Theology.

      • billobillo54

        It most certainly does. The Roman Catholic Church has a long history of asserting Replacement Theology. Let’s just look at the RCC’s relatively recent stance in opposition to Zionism since Theodore Hertzel around 1900. Here are a few direct quotes from Guilio Meotti’s book “The Vatican Against israel.” “In late January 1904…..Hertzel first met with the (Vatican) Secretary of State, Cardinal Merry del Val…the Cardinal replied (to Hertzel)…’the history of Israel is our own history, it is our foundation. But, in order that we should come out for the Jewish people in the way you desire, they would have to first accept conversion.’ ” A few days later Hertzl met with Pope Pius X. …”the Pope replied to Hertzl’s outline of the Jewish Return: ‘We are unable to favor this movement. We cannot prevent the Jews going to Jerusalem, but we could never sanction it…The Jews have not recognized our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people.’ ” The history of the RCC is overwhelmingly and flat out anti-Zionist based on Replacement Theology. Do a little research and you will see that this conclusion is not subject to interpretation. Publications like “L’Osservatore Romano,” (the official vatican daily) have consistently opposed Zionism for decades. Here’s a quote from “L’Osservatore Romano,” (May, 14, 1948): “Modern Israel is not the true heir of Biblical Israel, but a secular state…The Holy Land and its sacred sites belong to Christianity, the True Israel.””La Documentation Catholique” the official bulletin of the French Catholic Church (july, 1949): “We can only agree with the statement frequently heard that Zionism is Nazism in a new guise.”
        Besides all of the overwhelming evidence, what is the basis of Pope Francis’ unity with the Palestinian cause? Only believing that Jews in the Land and a reestablished Israel has nothing to do with God’s prophetic plan could be the basis for his behavior and comments. Replacement Theology has no place for unbelieving (i.e. unbelieving in Jesus) Jews being in possession of Israel and thriving, prospering, and being strong. Francis is 100% consistent with the position of the RCC and Zionism FOR CENTURIES.

  • wildjew

    Op-Ed: For Shame, Pope Francis

    Insidious allusions are as bad as outright anti-Semitism.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15063#.U4UFRPldV8E

    • Jakareh

      Speaking as a friend of Israel, you guys should have annexed Judea and Samaria in 1967. The fact that the Israeli government doesn’t explicitly claim the territories makes it much harder to argue that it doesn’t belong to the Arabs.

      I wish Netanyahu (or someone braver) would say something like this:

      “In 1967 Levi Eshkol refused to annex Judea and Samaria because he thought that by turning over a vital part of the Jewish State to the Arabs there could be peace. Prime Minister Eshkol acted with the best of intentions, but unfortunately he was wrong, and wrong in two respects. First of all, Israel cannot exist in peace and safety without its historical and geographical heartland; and second, true peace, rather than a mere truce maintained by the force of arms, is not possible between Jews and Muslims because the ideology of Islam mandates eternal hostility toward the Jews. Therefore, it is resolved that Judea and Samaria be fully restored to the State of Israel from this day forth and for all time.”

      Muslims and all their friends and sympathizers can foam at the mouth.

  • Paul Golden

    Muslims are killing Christians and this pope declares that Islam and the Koran is peaceful? What planet is he from? He had the audacity to pray at the security fence and call Abbas a man of peace. The pope should have stayed home.

    • YouHateMe

      Planet Perdition.

  • herb benty

    A Roman Catholic priest apparantly helped in the writing of the bloody Koran as Mohammed was illiterate. The RCC has always been jealous of Jerusalem, and call Rome the Eternal City, instead of the Biblical Jerusalem. Calling the Munich massacre Abbas a, “man of peace” is blantantly anti-semitic. The RCC is not a Christian church, it is pure pagan Rome with a Christian facade.

    • Jakareh

      “A Roman Catholic priest apparantly helped in the writing of the bloody Koran as Mohammed was illiterate.”

      The best that can be said about this is that an enormous leap of logic. Just because Muhammad couldn’t write the Koran, how does that prove it was a priest who wrote it? And even if it had a been priest, that would make this individual a renegade priest. There have been plenty of those; Martin Luther was one.

      All in all, an offensive, illogical, and ignorant post.

      • herb benty

        The history is there sonny. Martin Luther saw the corruption of the RCC such as “buying” forgiveness of sins. The Koran and the RCC wish to destroy Jews and REAL non-RCC Christians. Ridicule me all you wish, they ridiculed Jesus also.

        • Jakareh

          I didn’t ridicule you, I responded appropriately given the content and tone of your post.

          As one Christian to another, it’s never wise to compare oneself to Jesus.

          • herb benty

            ” Ignorant, illogical and offensive”. Suggest you read your Bible before you spout off, Jesus Christ, my Lord, said ” don’t worry when they say all kinds of things against you, hate you, or seek to kill you, for they hated me first”. It is highly appropriate to compare our experiences to our Lord’s experiences. I am not however comparing me to God’s Son, the Word of God who became flesh, the Creator of EVERYTHING. That is your feeble attempt to sidetrack the real issue – the RCC Pope warming to the bloody PLO terrorists, calling the “Munich Massacre” Abbas a “man of peace”. Bible: ” by Peace, he will destroy many”. If you have ears to hear.

  • YouHateMe

    To all you sycophantic humanistic catholics: Your pope is a ignorant lying poser who deign represents MY JESUS on earth.

  • Anamah

    Jorge can’t be so stupid and antisemitic.

    This is astonishing to me… I can not believed!!!

  • Zolicon

    There are many People on this Planet who believe that the Universe and life on Earth were created as the result of this Big Bang well I have a question for all of You People.
    Where did the Elements and Material come from that caused this Big Bang ?

    • kaz

      go with Occam’s razor. the less complex solution is more likely the true one. so which is more complex? 1. god just happened, then god created all the elements and material that caused the big bang. 2. all those elements and material just happened. neither explanation is very satisfying to a scientist, but certainly # 2 is less complex. both require something to “just happen”, but then #1 also requires creation by that entity that just happened. stand by while I try to think of something less likely than a supreme being that always was and always will be, and gives a care about an individual human or his fate.

      • Zolicon

        Things just don’t happen and Nothing can come from Nothingness.

  • Fudge

    Ann Barnhardt nailed this stupid, commie, homosexual, jesuit judas.

  • Fudge

    And ROMAN catholic wasn’t a clue for people? Nor the ring kissing, idolatry and middleman confessional BS? No clue that this church is NOT a legitimate representative of Jehovah and Jesus Christ?

    • James Blazsik

      Anti-Catholic bigot.

      • Fudge

        Proudly. Address the ring kissing, idolatry and middleman confessional BS.

  • truebearing

    This false prophet pope is the equivalent to Catholicism that Obama is to America. A traitor, a leftist, and a harbinger of great evil. His false piety is nauseating.

  • DrLarry

    Next he’ll be telling the US to give back the southwestern US to Mexico.

    • kaz

      we are doing that already, with no encouragement from the dhimmi of rome.

  • liz

    If anyone had any doubts about the Pope’s infallibility, this should definitely clear them up.

    • Jakareh

      The doctrine is that the Pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals only, and only when speaking ex cathedra (from the Throne of Peter). This pronouncement fails both of those criteria.

      • liz

        Its a major fail, but I would say that it has a whole LOT to do with morals. It is the height of immorality to whitewash and condone terrorists, which is exactly what he’s doing.
        This “ex cathedra” excuse doesn’t hold water.

        • Jakareh

          I agree it’s a “major fail”, and John Paul’s II kissing the Koran was, in my opinion, even worse. Nevertheless, neither of these lamentable episodes has anything to do with the Doctrine of Infallibility, which is very narrowly defined.

          • liz

            It must be getting narrower by the minute.

          • Jakareh

            Fine, have the last word.

  • SUE DOHNIMM

    I am not a Pope fan, but the premise of Roberts story is false,, AP is not accurate,, the Pope said.. re Abbas

    “you are KNOWN as a man of peace” NOT “you are a man of peace”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=699794

    these phrases have very different meanings and context,

  • sasdigger

    I just felt the ground shake as all previous popes rolled over in their graves as Pope Francis irresponsibly and openly advocated jihad.
    How can a well meaning but utterly ignorant advocate of Liberal Theology make the biggest historical blunder in history?
    Peace and Palestinian are an oxymoron, unfortunately. How can you erase such livid hate as policy?
    All the credibility and political capital Pope Francis possessed just evaporated. POOF!
    As a Catholic, I make this criticism with mounting alarm and sadness that I cannot in good conscience remain in the same church as Pope Francis, hereafter.

  • Jakareh

    Catholics believe the Pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals. We do not believe that he is—and he does not claim to be—infallible in matters of geopolitics and history.

    • liz

      As I said below, condoning terrorists is the HEIGHT of immorality.
      Quit making excuses for this hypocrite.

  • fpm

    Pardon my french, but I’m not sure which is the real man of piece of *ung. The one with split tongue or the one who tries to realize what he tells his people, to kill?

  • John E Coleman

    Pope Is Catholic, Christians believe in God & Jesus ,Jews are awaiting Jesus Muslims are Insane { all of them } even the USA Type !!
    Ask your Allah buddy Obama , to have a sliced pork sandwich ? then you may know who this Basturd is !!

  • Tuhin Chatterjee

    Hey , I am an Hindu….I feel that this pope rocks …..But I absollutely agree with the writer about the wrong statements made by this Pope during this visit…But otherwise he rocks…Com’n ppl give the man his due…This is the first mistake he has made till now..

    • liz

      No, it’s not his “first mistake”. He also peddles communism.
      You are a victim of the media hype that exalts him as some kind of superhero. He’s as stupid and hypocritical as the other media Messiah, Obama.

  • rebaaron

    The pope crucified Israel, in the tradition of the long line of popes all the way back to Peter. This pope should never be allowed to return. He has cast his lot with the barbarous Arabs, our enemies.

    • James Blazsik

      You are an anti-Catholic bigot and are truly ignorant of Catholic history. Please read:

      The Myth of Hitler’s Pope : how Pope Pius XII rescued Jews from the Nazis – by Rabbi David Dalin.

      The author also treats Catholic history and how the Popes indeed supported the Jewish people.

      • rebaaron

        You are an anti-Jewish bigot, and truly ignorant of Catholic history. Please read: about more than a thousand years of Catholic persecution of the Jews in Europe. Read of the unceasing murder, expulsions, witch hunts, blood libels, pogroms, auto de fes, torture, inquisitions, and unrelenting Catholic scapegoating and hatred of the Jews under their power. You have obviously read nothing. But most of all just look at what this Pope, our guest, did over the past week. He does not stand for truth and justice, but prefers instead vile propaganda, and aids and abets the Islamist murderers and terrorists. More than anything, he is a coward. God will not forgive him, and neither will eye.
        PS. And take your stupid book, Pope Pius, Hero of the Jews, and shelve it with your copy of the Protocols.

        • James Blazsik

          Please prove your accusations – actual documentation?

          • rebaaron

            Read any real history book.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    The Pope’s comments are simpering and sentimental at best. He reminds me of Rodney King (“Why can’t we all just get along?”). To him, there are two sides of every story. Yet, one side murders innocents on purpose. One side has no claim to statehood. One side has rejected statehood three or four times depending on how one counts. One side regularly calls for genocide of the people they view as their enemy. One side literally teaches hatred in their schools to little children — yes, they are taught to murder the Jews. One side fails to make even one public statement against the burning of churches or murders of Christians by fellow Muslims. Yet, listen to the Pope and you would believe that there is almost moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. One might believe that all that needs to be “changed” is the negotiating posture, particularly by a rigid, intransigent Israel [sic]. Thus the Papacy has shown itself once again for the umpteenth millionth time in history to be infallibly amoral (at best) and possibly immoral down to the papal socks. Wearing a medieval costume that comes with one’s authority [sic] in no way adds to the impressiveness of the Pontiff’s position in this writer’s opinion. He should resign like his predecessor.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    The question in my mind is: did he ALLOW himself to be used for propaganda purposes or did he volunteer?

  • 1Indioviejo1

    This new Pope is turning out to be an anti-Christ figure as prophesied. Politics in the Vatican dethroned Pope Benedict XVI. His Conservative positions, including his speech at Regensburg University, which riled the Muslim world, made him persona non-grata to the Liberation Theologians marginalized by Saint John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. Francis is the Pope that the Catholic political world wanted at this time. It is good that he and those Cardinals involved in the Coup D’Etat, don’t represent Christ, but the worldly milieu of the day.

  • E Lewis

    Unfortunately, we’ve traded Benedict the Beloved for Francis the Fool. One way to avoid foot-in-mouth disease is to KEEP Your MOUTH SHUT.

  • Salvelinus

    Spirit of Vatican council documents. Read them…. the church of nice newchurch hippies is no longer really Catholic

  • Salvelinus

    Btw, good luck getting a gig on Catholic Answers after this post. The neocatholics will crush anyone that complains about this craziness

  • westernpaul

    The way I look at it, who has the Holy Spirit guiding their life, Pope Francis or the writer of this article. I go with the Pope and his comments, actions, are Spirit driven- Jesus at the well- did he lack knowledge of the situation or was be a guiding light?

    Long live His Holiness, Francis. Thank you Holy Spirit for allowing him into the world when we need him the most.

  • kaz

    the month of may is about exhausted, and no monthly dhimwit has be been declared. perhaps they were waiting for some prominent person to say something really, really submissive to the religion of peace. I believe pope francis was the one we were waiting for. I would like to nominate pope francis as the dhimwit of the month.

  • AugustineThomas

    Holy Mother, please pray for the Church, that it is protected from this rambling leftist fool in the papacy!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Francis is dead wrong to affirm Islam and its followers. Islam is not a religion of peace, but of oppression, misogyny, slavery, barbarism…bombing, burning, beheading, raping, slitting throats, stoning… evil upon evil. It is the polar opposite of Christianity. He should know that and tell the truth.

    The Catholic Church is way too affirming of Islam (see CCC #841) This has misled many Catholics.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    With the amount of bull manure being piled up around the world by blind, politically correct, potentially suicidal politicians and religious leaders, the world should enjoy record crops – why we might actually be able to grow corn and tomatoes on fields of rock.

  • Douglas Jones

    Spencer, you’re losing this one big time. But hey keep writing articles, while you’re at, don’t forget to mention the anti-Christian attacks by Jewish extremists in the Palestinian territories, known as the Israeli price tags. Ooop, I guess those are okay since your boss would fire you for bringing that up. Gotta love it, Spencer who inspired Anders Breivik wants to talk about who is peaceful and who is not.