Church closes ranks on rebel Pope

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is unpopular with the institutional hierarchy

The Catholic Herald this week openly criticized Pope Francis’ statements that we must not equate Terrorism with Islam.

It is the most recent in a series of high profile criticisms of the Pope by Catholic commentators. Pope Francis told reporters last week that we must not mention terrorism by Islamists without reference to Christian terrorism. He also said, “Terrorism is the work of fundamentalists. All religions have their fundamentalist sects.”

He noted that Christianity and Islam share the same notion of conquest, and blamed imperial and colonial interference in the Middle East for the current unrest.

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