Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cry For Me, Argentina

Debbie Schlussel (alone, it seems, among bloggers in the Counter-Jihad) links to a story in the Buenos Aires Herald that informs the reader that Pope Francis is a "friend of the Islamic community" and then explains:

Argentine Muslims have welcomed the election of Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the head of the Roman Cathoilic Churhc. In an interview with, Sheij Mohsen Ali and CIRA Secretary General Dr.Sumer Noufouri praised Pope Francis’s “pro-dialogue” nature.

“He always showed himself as a friend of the Islamic community. He visited the At-Tauhid Mosque (located) in the neighborhood of Floresta and the Arab-Argentine Ali Ibn Abi Talib School strengthening our relations”, the Director of the House for the Diffusion of Islam Sheik Mohsen Ali said...

Also, if that weren't enough to move the reader to reach for a bucket for his waves of nausea and gag reflex dry heaves:

Considering ties between the CIRA and now Pope Francis “excellent”, Dr. Noufouri [that's Secretary General of the Islamic Center of the Republic of Argentina (CIRA) Dr. Sumer Noufouri to you and me] explained that the one-decade relation has helped to build Christian-Muslim dialogue, something “really significant in the history of monotheistic relations in Argentina”. A “joint work”, CIRA head added, “that we have never given up on”.

Over at the Gates of Vienna blog, co-owner and writer Dymphna lauds the new Pope for his ostensibly traditionalist and conservative bonafides, also adding that he has combined that with a penchant for personal humility (e.g., eschewing his assigned limousine and opting to take the bus to work -- how Jimmy-Carteresque with the suit jacket casually slung over the shoulder walking, not being driven, after Inauguration to his White House!).

Then we have this report from The Telegraph (hat tip to an anonymous commenter) of Cardinal Bergoglio having taken precisely the wrong stand with regard to Pope Benedict's 2005 lecture at Regensburg that caused worlwide Islamic rage:

Reacting within days to [Pope Benedict's lecture], speaking through a spokesman to Newsweek Argentina, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio declared his "unhappiness" with the statements, made at the University of Regensburg in Germany, and encouraged many of his subordinates with the Church to do the same.

"Pope Benedict's statement don't reflect my own opinions", the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires declared. "These statements will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last twenty years". 

The Vatican reacted quickly, removing one subordinate, Joaquín Piña the Archbishop of Puerto Iguazú from his post within four days of his making similar statements to the Argentine national media, sending a clear statement to Cardinal Bergoglio that he would be next should he choose to persist.

Reacting to the threats from Rome, Cardinal Bergoglio cancelled his plans to fly to Rome, choosing to boycott the second synod that Pope Benedict had called during his tenure as pontiff. 

The Pope's policy of eggshell-walking respect for Muslims and his unacceptably courteous "dialogue" with the Muslims of Argentina (would he have extended the same courtesy to the Marxist guerillas or unrepentant ex-Nazis of Argentina?) just goes to show that traditionalist and conservative bonafides, and all the lack of corruption in the world, add up to a hill of frijoles if they aren't backed up by a luminously grim realism about our Mohammedan enemies -- however much their sheep's clothing moves a tender-hearted Christian pastor to lower his guard in the foolish belief that he can shepherd with love those wolves who, by hook or by shepherd's crook, ever look out for the moment they can slit his (and our) throat.


Anonymous said...

Hesperado: "Would he have extended the same courtesy to the Marxist guerillas of Argentina?"

"Like many other older churchmen, politicians and businessmen in Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been questioned by some for his role during this country’s bloody 1976–83 military dictatorship, when tens of thousands of young dissidents were made to “disappear” in the death camps set up by the generals who ruled the country.

"The Catholic Church in Argentina realized that its behavior during that dark period was so unsaintly that in 2000 it made a public apology for its failure to take a stand against the generals. “We want to confess before God everything we have done badly,” Argentina’s Episcopal Conference said at that time. “We share everyone’s pain and once again ask the forgiveness of everyone we failed or didn’t support as we should have,” Argentina’s bishops said in a statement again last year after former dictator Jorge Videla, now serving a life sentence, claimed in an interview that he had received the blessing of the country’s top clergymen for the actions of his regime.

Read more:


Anonymous said...

The Daily Telegraph also had an article about the new Pope's view of Islam and his disloyalty to Pope Benedict XVI when Moslems were rampaging and killing after he delivered his Regensburg Address:

Francis said at the time of Benedict's address:

"Pope Benedict's statements don't reflect my own opinion. These statements will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last 20 years."

Francis at that time tried to involve other Catholic clergy in criticizing the Pope for his remarks about Islam and was rebuked by the Vatican.

Francis was also involved in 'outreach' to Jewish leaders and communities. No one every questions what all this 'inter-faith' talk with Moslems and Jews is about; the Christian Church, in all denominations, seems to have relinquished, at least in Western countries, any spreading of the Gospel, and never challenges, doctrinally, those other beliefs. Islam rode in on the back of Judaism, the ultimate PC-MC untouchable which first got acceptance for its own courts and 'family law', and Moslems first argued for their Sharia law on the same grounds. Parallel legal systems are the first step at undermining a nation, because a country's laws are based on a nation's foundational beliefs and values.

Anonymous said...

What did people expect. A real reformer or hard case traditionalist? The Cardinals didn't want that, they wanted someone in their own image. Hence Francis's nomination. Heck Francis was their 2nd choice behind Ratzinger during the last selection for a pope.

So we get a human waffle with one in the grave and one foot on a banana peel.

Hesperado said...

Thanks for that link to that story, Anonymous -- I've incorporated it into my essay.

Always On Watch said...

Another counter-jihad blog has address this Pope's Islamophilia: Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

See THIS, for example.