In the face of radical offensive thesis of Francis is that “we must cherish the conflicts.” And forget Regensburg. With serious consequences for the reformist currents of Islam.
by Sandro Magister
ROME, November 21, 2014 – In a few days the Pope Francis will travel to Turkey, then to the heart of the new global war “in pieces” that he sees raging in the world.The Islamic caliphate that took office near the border turkish, between the Syria and Iraq, pulverizes the old geographical borders, is by its nature global. “The triumphant march of the mujahideen will come to Rome,” he proclaimed in mid-November Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph. The declared obedience pieces of Islam from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, which is just across the Italian coast. In Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon Boko Haram has extended the caliphate even sub-Saharan Africa. From Europe and North America flock to new followers. On the black flag in the newborn Islamic state is written in Kufic the profession of faith: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Christians are among the many victims of this puritanical Islam, which calls itself the only true desert and wants to do even what it regards as the greatest betrayal of the origins of Islam: Shiite heresy epicenter Iran and modernism secularizing Turkey Kemal Atatürk , from whose mausoleum Pope Francis will begin its journey. A Raqqa, the de facto capital of the caliphate, the Syrian city which has disappeared from the Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio, with very few Christian families survived, 15 of 1500 which were the new State Islamic imposed the jizya, the protection fee, $ 535 a year, a huge sum, on pain of confiscation of house and possessions. In Mosul, there is no longer a church where you can still celebrate Mass, as was the case even after the ‘invasion of the Mongols. Can not discern in what the characteristics of a “religious war” to the extreme, fought in the name of Allah. Illusory deny Islamic theological this boundless violence. He wrote even watched “Catholic Civilization”, only to be contradicted by his trembling director Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit who poses to Francis interpreter.Islam, the Catholic Church stutters, especially as you go up in rank. The bishops of the dioceses in the Middle East call upon the world an armed protection effective, that never arrives. In Rome, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran publishes more detailed report of the atrocities of the caliphate and declares ended any possibility of dialogue with those among Muslims not eradicate violence from the roots. But when the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, speaks to New York from the rostrum of the UN, as did September 29, carefully avoids the taboo words “Islam” and “Muslim” and pay the obligatory tribute to the mantra that denies the existence of that conflict of civilization that is under the eyes of all. Sure, Parolin elevates the protest against the “irresponsible apathy” shown by the UN. But it is the UN that Francis defers the only legitimate decision on any military intervention in the Middle East theater. Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio returned to diplomats in the curia that role that the two previous popes had clouded. But ultimately it is he himself to dictate the time and manner of geopolitics Vatican. More with silence than with words. He was silent on the hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Nigerian Boko Haram. Has been silent on the young mother Sudanese Meriam, sentenced to death only because Christian and finally freed for other interventions. Silent on Pakistani mother Asia Bibi, for five years on death row, also because “infidel”, and even gives heartfelt response to two letters from her scrittegli this year, before and after the reconfirmation of the sentence. The Argentine rabbi Abraham Skórka, Bergoglio by longtime friend, said he had heard from him that “we have to pet the conflict.” With Islam, even the most bloodthirsty theologically, the pope does so. Never calls by name those responsible.Should be “stopped”, he said, but not as explicit. Pray and pray ago, as with the two presidents Israeli and Palestinian. Invokes at every step dialogue, but on what unites and not on what divides. Benedict XVI in 2006, first in Regensburg and then to Istanbul, said what no pope had ever dared: that violence is associated with the faith ‘ inevitable product of the fragile relationship between faith and reason in the Muslim doctrine and in his own understanding of God. And he said clear to the Islamic world that it had before it the same epochal challenge that Christianity had already faced and overcome: that of “welcome true conquests of the Enlightenment, human rights and especially the freedom of faith and its practice. ” From there came to life that sprout of Islamic-Christian dialogue which found expression in the “letter of the 138” written to Pope Joseph Ratzinger Muslim representatives of various orientation. In recent days, the pope Francesco greeted some of their representatives, arrived in Rome for a new round of that dialogue. But those issues capital was not discussed, the bud is dried up. It is now for a millennium that in Islam the “door of interpretation” is closed and the Koran can not be discussed if not at high risk, even of life .