This from La Croix – a French-Catholic news source interviews Frankie:
INTERVIEW Pope Francis
Pope Francis : We need to speak of roots in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread the tone, which can seem triumphalist or even vengeful. [to who????] It then takes on colonialist overtones. John Paul II, however, spoke about it in a tranquil manner. [oh my God!!!]
Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity’s responsibility to water those roots. But this must be done in a spirit of service as in the washing of the feet. Christianity’s duty to Europe is one of service. As Erich Przywara, the great master of Romano Guardini and Hans Urs von Balthasar, teaches us, Christianity’s contribution to a culture is that of Christ in the washing of the feet. In other words, service and the gift of life. It must not become a colonial enterprise. [has this ignoramus ever heard of the Renaissance??!!?]
[gee, it’s a good thing it did become that – or his native Argentina might have NEVER known the saving grace of Jesus Christ!]
– The fear of accepting migrants is partly based on a fear of Islam. In your view, is the fear that this religion sparks in Europe justified?
Pope Francis: Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest…” [wait a second, did he just equate jihad with the great commission?!!!]
[I’m gonna throw up!]