When asked about the massacre at Charlie Hedbo, he said insults against the faith and your mother, it's normal to give them a punch. He said 'normal' twice to emphasize how normal the situation was in France.
You are not going to believe this, but we have reached the point where the wizards at the White House have more common sense than the Pope.
"No act of public expression justifies violence."
Big change in talking points since their Benghazi disaster.
The press office at the Holy See lit up a meltdown at a nuclear power plant.
They said the Pope was making a little funny.
While making this comment, Vatican Radio reported that the pontiff “gestured with a pretend punch” directed at Gasbarri — an action many journalists interpreted as a joke.
He did actually follow the comment with condemnation of killing in the name of God.
Notably, in the same conversation, Francis steadfastly denounced the terrorists’ killings and the idea that anyone — as the France attackers apparently did — could pretend to justify such violence in the name of God.
“One cannot make war (or) kill in the name of one’s own religion,” Francis said on his way to the Philippines. “… To kill in the name of God is an aberration.”
The Vatican later responded to a CNN question about the “punch” remark specifically.
In an email, Vatican spokesman Thomas Rosica told CNN that “the Pope’s expression is in no way intended to be interpreted” as somehow justifying last week’s violence, and he pointed out that “the Pope has spoken out clearly against the terror and violence that occurred in Paris and in other parts of the world.”
“The Pope’s words about Dr. Gasbarri were spoken colloquially and in (a) friendly, intimate manner among colleagues and friends,” Rosica said Thursday. “His response might be similar to something each of us has felt when those dearest to us are insulted or harmed.”
Rosica explained Francis’ remarks as consistent with his “free style of speech,” a plainspoken and conversational approach that has earned him admirers. Such remarks “must be taken at face value and not distorted or manipulated,” the Vatican spokesman said.
Get it? The free style of speech is winning him admirers.
First of all, I know a lot of Catholics and I have yet to come across any admirers of the things coming out of his piehole.
Maybe they're talking about the bunker at the Vatican.
More importantly, winning admirers is the exact opposite of how Christ operates. The Corpus of Christ hangs from a Crucifix.
The role of a parent isn't to win the admiration of their children. You don't throw booze parties and turn your role into telling them all the good they do when they have immoral sex.
Sane people are not admiring the show.
Look, Charlie Hedbo is sinister. They routinely trash Christianity. It's one thing to point out it is a political science that kills people who won'g convert to it and there is nothing religious or peaceful about it. Taunting violent sick people with vicious ridicule is beneath contempt.
I think this is what the Pope was trying to say.
Perhaps he should consider getting the ball rolling with ending his ridicule of practicing Catholics.
Pot, meet the kettle.