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Faith & Values in the News

Pope Francis: Koran ‘is a prophetic book of peace’

“The Koran is a book of peace. It is a prophetic book of peace,” UPI reported Pope Francis as saying.

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Turkey and pleaded that the notion of forced conversion and holy war in the Koran should be renounced, millions of Moslems chanted, “Death to the Pope!” How can such a book be a book of peace? Islam understands “peace” as subjugation. How can such a book be prophetic? That would imply it is spirit-filled or inspired… which obviously it is not.

I suspect that the Pope has again been misquoted or mistranslated. Pope John Paul II showed respect to a particular Koran gift as representative of a people. That was a matter of diplomacy. However, one cannot praise a book that espouses false religion and dangerous teachings. I cannot imagine a Pope saying what is attributed to Pope Francis.

[December 6, 2014]  Guess what!  The WASHINGTON TIMES article was revised and the title changed… just as I suspected.  Now we read:  “They (Muslims) say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace,’” he added. That makes a HUGE difference.  It has been this kind of misreporting that has plagued us throughout this pontificate.  While it is sensationalist, distortions of this sort can harm faith and even lead to international violence.  The media must be held accountable.

What Clericalism Looks Like

This is a really good article reminding priests that we are servants of the Church, not uncontested masters.

Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich: Communion for pro-abortion politicians is a good thing

I am a man under authority. I belong to the Church. I am pledged to obey my bishop as I would Christ. I would not want any part in scandal or disrespect to the shepherds of the Church. But I must say, the practice of giving the sacrament to the enablers for child murder grieves me beyond what I can express. I am deeply troubled in conscience and have literally wept about this matter. I believe Cardinal Ratzinger (i.e. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) was right when he spoke about the need for censure and requesting that pro-abortion advocates and politicians refrain from taking the Eucharist. This is a very emotional issue for me and the cause for much soul-searching.

How can the commission of sacrilege give grace?

Before Being Killed, Children Told ISIS: ‘No, We Love Jesus’

These children know that Jesus is the reason for the season… even if it means another slaughter of the Holy Innocents.

Father T.J. Martinez dies at 44

“Come to me O good and faithful servant.”

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    FATHER JOE: I told you some months ago that because of derogatory and vulgar comments you are banned from this blog. Sorry, but you do not know how to contribute but come only to ridicule and threaten.

  2. I cannot help but think in the light of the Synod and this new Bishop in Chicago … “Woe to those who call good evil and evil, good.” I feel like a bad Catholic but I miss Pope Benedict. My pastor said the language of the Church is becoming more “welcoming ” but I feel more confused than anything.

    FATHER JOE: Respect our shepherds and keep faith in the Church… whatever happens. God will not let us down. But I do share your confusion on some matters.

  3. Pope Francis: “Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” Has the Holy Father read the Koran? What could possibly constitute a proper reading? As I recall, Islamic exegesis insists that later verses overrule earlier ones. One cannot pick-and-choose randomly. Unfortunately, the later sections are harsher. The Holy Father has asked the Islamic nations and communities to condemn the violence of terrorists and ISIS. But if everything is as he says, then why should we need ask? Why the silence from so many quarters? Why is militancy the loudest voice, even from the president of Turkey? I am very confused by this. The Pope is the magisterial teaching authority over the Bible, NOT the Koran.

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