It seems Pope Frances cannot help himself, uttering yet another absurdity following the slaughter of a Catholic Priest in France by two Muslim jihadists.
"We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world is at war because it has lost peace," the pontiff told journalists aboard a flight from the Rome to Krakow.
"When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests, money, resources, not religion. All religions want peace, it's the others who want war."
This is plainly untrue as it is absurd. Not all religions have peaceful narratives - not all of their founders were men of peace. Everyone should know by now that Mohammad the founder of Islam waged wars, beheaded captives and took sex slaves.
The two young men who slaughtered Father Jacques Hamel before the Catholic alter were simply following the example of their prophet. Pope Frances must know this, so why the dissembling?
What he could have said is something like this:
“Just as the Catholic church has had to honestly face the issue of child abuse amongst its clergy, unpleasant and shameful as it has been, the Muslim world must address the fact that their holy texts, and their prophet’s example supports the violent jihad expressed by these young men. The slaughter will continue until the Islamic world takes responsibility for its theology of violence, and is willing to change.”
But regrettably he chose absurdity over truth and we are less safe because of it.