Pope Urban II will be spinning in his Vatican grave
After centuries of using violence to get its way, the head of the Roman Catholic Church has finally admitted it does not work and called on other religions to follow its example.
A fair few centuries after Pope Urban II told Christians they were guaranteed to get to heaven if they genocide Muslims in the Holy Land, Pope Francis admitted that approach was completely wrong.
The idea was adopted by Christianity’s victims who thought it was a wizard idea and called it Jihad and it is still popular with Muslim terrorists. Three weeks after Islamic State terrorists killed more than 40 people in bombings at two of the country’s Christian churches, effectively following the same pattern taught to them by Christianity following Pope Urban’s call.
Pope Francis opened a two-day visit to Egypt with a forceful denunciation of religiously inspired violence and a call for religious freedom,
His remarks, addressed to an audience that included the leader of the most authoritative institution in the Sunni Muslim world, were at once a defence of the Middle East’s besieged Christian population and a challenge to Muslims to repudiate religious justifications for violence.
“Peace alone is holy, and no act of violence can be perpetrated in the name of religion or in the name of God,” the pope told an international peace conference at Al-Azhar University. “Together let us affirm the incompatibility of violence and faith, belief and hatred.”
This is indeed an improvement from his predecessor who said the following:
“I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to perse all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.”
Christ obviously gave up on that idea too, although Pope Urban was still beautified in 1881 so the church must of thought calls to genocide was saintly behavior as late as that date.