What a difference a generation makes. Thirty years ago, we had world leaders like Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. Now, look at what we have: Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Pope Francis. These people aren’t even a shadow of the titans who brought communism to its knees. Hell, today’s leaders are the ideological brethren we fought against in the 80’s.
This current crop of world leaders doesn’t believe in a nation state. They are transnationals with a common ideology, or should we say a common religion which is Leftism. Dennis Prager articulated this opinion in an article published in National Review. He denotes their dogma of moral and cultural relativism. Pope Francis used this flawed logic while explaining his views on a murdered French priest.
Pope Francis made comments last week that reveal the most important single thing you need to know about the modern world: The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism. Not Christianity and not Islam. Leftism.
Leftism has taken over the world’s leading educational institutions, the world’s news media, the world’s popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than Christianity (or Judaism) has influenced anything. On July 26, two Muslims slit the throat of a French Roman Catholic priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 86, while he was saying Mass in his church. Five days later, on his plane returning to Rome from World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis was asked about the French priest and Islam by Antoine Marie Izoarde, a journalist with i.Media, a French Catholic news service:
Catholics are a bit in shock, and not only in France, after the barbarous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel — as you know well — in his church while celebrating the Holy Mass. Four days ago you here told us that all religions want peace. But this holy, 86-year-old priest was clearly killed in the name of Islam. So, Holy Father, I have two brief questions: Why do you, when you speak of these violent events, always speak of terrorists, but never of Islam, never use the word Islam? . . . What concrete initiatives can you advise or suggest in order to counteract Islamic violence? Thank you, Holiness.
As reported by the Catholic News Service, this is what Pope Francis responded:
I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy . . . this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law . . . and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.
That kind of logic is what’s killing Western Civilization. A Catholic may have killed his wife, but I can guarantee you he didn’t do it in the name of Christ. Jesus didn’t advocate murder. The Vicar of Christ should be able to make this distinction, but as we’ve stated, Leftism is Pope Francis’ first religion, Catholicism is a distant second or maybe third.