New interview with the false pope!
Francis denounces Burning of the Muslim Koran in Sweden
The papal impostor put on his pensive face for the interview with Al-Ittihad
The Vatican may be on its annual summer break all through July, but the Jesuit apostate Jorge Bergoglio (‘Pope Francis’) has a way of making sure he remains in the news nonetheless.
Not surprisingly, therefore, the month had barely started when yet another interview with Francis was published, this time by Al-Ittihad, a newspaper from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on July 3:
- Full Text of Interview in Arabic
- Report on Interview by Vatican News
- Report on Interview by Catholic News Agency
This is the first time Bergoglio has given an interview to a publication from the UAE. It was there, we remember, that the ‘Abrahamic Family House’ was just built, and it was there that the false pope officially inaugurated his human fraternity agenda, in 2019, with the signing of an apostate declaration together with Muslim Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyib. More on that later.
Perhaps the biggest highlight from the July 3 interview was the following:
Francis also commented on a protester’s burning of a Quran in Sweden on June 28. The Muslim holy book was burned by an Iraqi-born refugee outside a mosque in Stockholm. The incident has sparked outrage among Muslims around the world and led to a raid on the Swedish embassy in Iraq by Shia Muslim protestors.
After other recent permit requests were denied due to plans to burn copies of the Quran, the Swedish courts ruled that the protests should be allowed on the basis of freedom of expression, the BBC reported.
“I have been outraged and disgusted at such deeds,” Pope Francis said in response to a question about last week’s incident. “Any book considered sacred by its people must be respected out of respect for those who believe in it. The freedom of expression should never be used as an excuse to offend others. Allowing that is [to be] rejected and condemned.”
(Hannah Brockhaus, “Pope Francis condemns Quran burning in interview with UAE newspaper”, Catholic World Report, July 3, 2023; underlining added.)
The video news site Rome Reports also released a brief clip on the issue:
Depending on the context in which it is done, burning a bad book — any bad book — may be prudent or imprudent; it can lead to misunderstanding; it can needlessly provoke anger, hatred, and violence, and lead to the injury or deaths of third parties. Burning a copy of the Koran in front of a mosque is probably not going to aid in the conversion of Muslims to the true religion, Roman Catholicism. If anything, it will probably make such conversion a lot more difficult, and needlessly so. At the same time, the fundamental fact remains that it is, in itself and objectively, a good and noble thing to destroy blasphemous books, dangerous literature, indecent magazines, and so forth.
What ‘Pope’ Francis does not mention, of course, is that the Koran (also spelled Quran) is a book that contains false teachings and blasphemies against God. Its author is Mohammed (ca. 570-632), and he was a false prophet. For the Vatican to say so out loud, of course, would ruin all interreligious dialogue and diplomatic relations they maintain with Moslems and the Islamic world, but it is the truth nonetheless.
However, it would be wrong to think that Francis agrees that the Koran is blasphemous, Mohammed a false prophet, and Islam of the devil, and is simply afraid to say it. There is no indication that Francis believes any of these things. In fact, he has stated in public that other religions are an enrichment for humanity and that religious differences are necessary. And of course the notorious Document on Human Fraternity he signed in 2019 states: “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”
In the July 3 interview with Al-Ittihad, Francis notes further: “The Abrahamic Family House [in Abu Dhabi, UAE] is a place for respecting diversity, which God willed, and not turning difference into contempt or a cause for conflict” (underlining added). There he confirms once more what has been a point of controversy since then, namely, that he believes religious diversity is willed by God actively (truly desired), not passively (merely tolerated). For only if God actively wills religious diversity, is it something to be respected. Otherwise, if God merely tolerates it, that would mean it is an evil, and of course evil is not to be respected.
The fact is quite simply that Francis rejects the idea that there is only one true religion, and that it is Catholicism, and all other religions are false. He just doesn’t believe that. What he does believe instead, he revealed in an interview given just before his trip to Sweden in 2016: “I call religion ‘an immanent transcendence’, namely a contradiction. But the true religions are the development of the capacity that humanity has to transcend itself towards the absolute”. Got it?
The key to understanding Bergoglio is to do away with the presupposition that he is a Catholic who seeks the good of the Catholic Church and of souls. He is not and does not. Once that is admitted, and once it is recognized that he is in fact a deceiver trying to mislead souls, everything falls into place. The endless debates about “what Pope Francis really meant” are only due to people desperately trying to squeeze an orthodox interpretation into his words so as to make them compatible with Catholicism. As if the Jesuit from Buenos Aires were incapable of communicating orthodox doctrine plainly if he so wished!
Since Francis always tells people to let themselves “be nourished by the Word”, let’s also take a brief look at what Sacred Scripture has to say about the burning of bad books. In the Acts of the Apostles we read:
And many of them that believed, came confessing and declaring their deeds [sins]. And many of them who had followed curious arts, brought together their books, and burnt them before all; and counting the price of them, they found the money to be fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God, and was confirmed.
Burning bad books, then, is quite biblical. Granted, these were converts, but then, what would Francis say about converts from Islam burning the Koran? Would he not denounce them just the same? In fact, was the Iraqi-born refugee not perhaps a convert from Islam himself?
Ah, but it’s not so much about the book itself as it is about offending those who adhere to the book. Fair enough, but didn’t the converts of the first century, mentioned in Acts, by their actions likewise ‘fail to show respect’ to those sorcerers who had not converted and were therefore still practicing their “curious arts”?
So, while Bergoglio is outraged at the burning of the Koran because it disrespects Muslims, a Catholic is first of all outraged at the Koran itself, because it disrespects God — the Most Holy Trinity — and Christians.
It is noteworthy that when it comes to religious matters, ‘Pope’ Francis always manages to be outraged at the wrong things. Here are some examples:
When Bolivian president Evo Morales gifted him an overtly blasphemous crucifix in 2015, Bergoglio accepted it happily and later stated that he was not offended by it. When during the Amazon synod, Austrian layman Alexander Tschugguel took the Pachamama figurines from a Roman church and tossed them into the river, Francis quickly issued an apology — to “the persons who were offended by this act”!
Furthermore, Francis has stated that his favorite painting is White Crucifixion by Jewish artist Marc Chagall, which contains a blasphemous inscription against Jesus Christ. And when the notorious blasphemer Andres Serrano greeted Francis last month, the false pope was chummy with him and gave him a thumbs-up. Serrano’s greatest claim to fame is having taken a photograph of a Crucifix submerged in his own urine. The “artwork”, released in 1987, bears a blasphemous title we will not repeat here.
These are all things Francis has not expressed outrage or disgust over. But when a man publicly burns a book that leads souls astray, contains blasphemies against the Holy Trinity, and denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, this ‘Pope’ gets all bent out of shape. If we then take into consideration Bergoglio’s own blasphemies — for example, his jokes about God or his false teachings — a clearer picture emerges: Could it be that Francis simply loves blasphemy?
All things considered, it is evident that Bergoglio thinks quite highly of Islam. He is even on record telling Muslim refugees that they should read the Koran so as to find consolation and strength in it so they can “move on”. He also believes that the followers of Islam can derive “abundant spiritual fruit” from their observance of the Ramadan fast. And let’s never forget that in 2014, Francis hosted an interreligious ‘prayer for peace’ event in the Vatican gardens, where a Muslim imam prayed for “victory over the infidels”. You can’t make this stuff up!
‘Pope’ Bergoglio has shown the world for the last ten years that he does not really care what religion someone is. He believes all religions offer access to God and salvation. The heresy to which he adheres and teaches is called Indifferentism, which is
that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little, turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.
(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 2)
“Altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion” is the very definition of apostasy. Francis is not merely in error; he is not merely a heretic; he is an apostate, a baptized man who has repudiated the Roman Catholic Faith entirely. Hence his ‘pontificate’ looks accordingly.
For those longing for the days of ‘Pope’ Benedict XVI, however, here is a quick reality check. In 2006 Benedict made clear: “For [the Koran] I have the respect due to the holy book of a great religion” (footnote 3 here). The word rendered “respect” in English is the German Ehrfurcht, which can just as well be translated as awe or reverence.
Respecting the Koran has a long tradition in the Novus Ordo religion. Its roots, of course, can be traced back to Vatican II and John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris encyclical; however, the blasphemous book was venerated directly and in public by none other than ‘Pope Saint’ John Paul II on May 14, 1999, in the Vatican — and it wasn’t even his first time doing it:
Again and again, the Vatican II religion places man before God; and gives priority to the rights of man over those of God. As Pope Leo XIII observed as far back as Nov. 1, 1900: “The world has heard enough of the so-called ‘rights of man.’ Let it hear something of the rights of God” (Encyclical Tametsi, n. 13).
There is also an apocalyptic element to this, for, as Pope St. Pius X warned, “this according to [St. Paul] is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, [that] man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God…” (Encyclical E Supremi, n. 5), making special reference to 2 Thessalonians 2.
Fr. Michael Müller in his 1880 book The Church and her Enemies, describes the true Catholic position well when he says: “It is impious to say, ‘I respect every religion.’ This is as much as to say: I respect the devil as much as God, vice as much as virtue, falsehood as much as truth, dishonesty as much as honesty, Hell as much as Heaven” (p. 287).
However, based on his comments to Al-Ittihad, it is clear that Francis does want every religion to be shown respect — not for its own sake, necessarily, but at least out of respect to the people who adhere to it. The result is the same: respect for all religions, and therefore, respect for the devil as much as for God.
At the same time, although in his July 3 interview Francis speaks of showing respect for the Koran on account of showing respect for Muslims, it is clear that by his own logic, he must respect all the false religions themselves as well, since, according to him, God has willed them as an enrichment for humanity and an expression of His Wisdom. And indeed, we have seen that he did speak in that same conversation of “respecting diversity, which God willed”!
In 1892, Pope Leo XIII wrote:
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to Masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God.
(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Custodi Di Quella Fede, n. 15; underlining added.)
Indeed, there is no surer way of knowing Bergoglio than by his fruits, and so it was a given that he would denounce the burning of the ‘holy’ book of a false religion. The only surprising element in the whole matter was that he didn’t mention the needless carbon emissions caused by the fire.
Maybe next time.
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