Pope Francis denounced the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II. He also decried the deaths of Christians in Russia under Joseph Stalin, following the war.
The Pope’s comments came during his visit in northern Italy, when told young people that he understands how they find it hard to trust the world.
“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals,” Francis said. “Tell me, why didn’t they bomb” (those railroad routes?)
Francis attacked Allied actions nearly 80-years after they occurred, and yet said nothing about ISIL, where “Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others” are being ‘liquidated’ on a daily basis. He also failed to call for a stronger response from so-called Coalition forces battling radical Islamist extremism.
Discussing World War I, he spoke of “the great tragedy of Armenia”, but didn’t use the word “genocide”. Francis did however attack those who make weapons or invest in the weapons industry, calling them hypocrites if they claim to be Christian.
“If you trust only men, you have lost,” he told the crowd.
(Francis is ‘only’ a man, right?)
“It makes me think of…people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he asked to applause.
He added “duplicity is the currency of today — they say one thing and do another.”
The Pope’s statement on weapon manufacturing fits right in with President Barack Obama’s statement following the mass murder of nine in a Charleston, South Carolina church.
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said in the White House briefing room.
Despite all of this divisive chatter, thousands of people united along Charleston’s Arthur Ravenel Bridge to hold hands and sing in the face of the evil perpetrated during a churches late evening bible study. This is the real message and it’s refreshing to know it’s not coming from so-called elected and anointed leadership, but everyday folk like you and me.