The Pope, on the Crisis in the Middle East

Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months. On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs and of recovering this territory incumbent, if not upon you? You, upon whom above other nations God has conferred remarkable glory in arms, great courage, bodily activity, and strength to humble the hairy scalp of those who resist you.

Let the deeds of your ancestors move you and incite your minds to manly achievements; the glory and greatness of king Charles the Great, and of his son Louis, and of your other kings, who have destroyed the kingdoms of the pagans, and have extended in these lands the territory of the holy church. Let the holy sepulchre of the Lord our Saviour, which is possessed by unclean nations, especially incite you, and the holy places which are now treated with ignominy and irreverently polluted with their filthiness. Oh, most valiant soldiers and descendants of invincible ancestors, be not degenerate, but recall the valor of your progenitors.
Oh, I'm sorry. That was this Pope.

I meant this Pope.
Never war, never war,” he said. “I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don’t know how to smile.” This was the moment when the tears came. “Please stop,” said Francis. “I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!”

From The Kakistocracy.


Anonymous said…
In fairness, only two of the nine major Crusades could be described as reasonably successful. The rest ranged from inconclusive wastes of money and manpower, all the way down to abject disasters that left a permanent stain on history. Is there any major ruler in the West today who could be trusted not to horribly botch (if not actively sabotage) any attempt to save the Christians of the Middle East by means of military force? Maybe Putin could if he put his mind to it, but he's got his own problems, and his sponsorship of that vile Chechen buffoon doesn't inspire confidence either. I wouldn't object in principle to a call for a new Crusade, but not in a million years could I endorse it if they were asking President Obama to run the thing.
Yes, in fairness, the last thing anybody should want is another Crusade. The Church is also wholly subject to State power, and any serious assertion of military force by the Church would likely be quashed.

Hence, the Pope is reduced to attempting influence by emotional outbursts. Degrading.
SixtusVIth said…
the last thing anybody should want is another Crusade

You too Zissou?

To crusade or not is the much less telling feature of these two starkly different statements. Whose side is he on is what's most interesting. The modern pope plainly views himself less as a Christian advocate--as his vocation might suggest--than an irenic pan-religious Sant Keshavadas.