On February 4, Pope Francis and Ahmad Al-Tayyab (the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar)
signed a declaration titled A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and
Living Together. Such a declaration is supposed to promote peace and dialogue
between Muslims and everyone else. However, as Robert Spencer points out, the
document is filled with false statements, such as terrorism being the result of
misinterpretations of religious texts and policies linked to hunger, oppression, injustice, poverty, and pride.
Such a declaration is just another example of Pope Francis trying to push through
his liberal views, just as he did on the topics of economics and global warming
when he issued Laudato Si several years ago. It is also another move among the
politically correct who think non-Muslims can live in harmony with Muslims.
Robert Spencer goes on to say that with such a document, the Roman Catholic
Church is practically saying Islam is religion of peace, and anyone in America who
says otherwise will be harassed and silenced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops (people in other nations will most likely be subject to arrest and
But is such a document binding on Catholics, no matter what methods of
intimidation are used against Catholics who refuse to fall in line? Pope Francis’s
views on science and economics are not binding, because they are not spiritual
matters. Thus, any of his views on Islam should not be binding either.
And what about Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians? Technically, they
are not bound by such a document regardless of whether or not their church
leaders will agree to it. The same situation applies to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs,
And of course, is the document binding on Muslims? Odd are that it is not, hence
just another deceitful method by Islamists who claim they are peaceful and want
to get along with non-Muslims. In fact, Islamists will also see the document as a
sign of weakness (i.e. the Pope giving in to them).
Needless to say, this is a document which the Pope expects everyone will abide
by, whereas the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar only expects non-Muslims (and not
Muslims) to abide by it.
Needless to say, this declaration is just another politically correct (and hence
useless) document produced by those who engage in wishful thinking and any
Muslim willing to engage in jihad and establish sharia law throughout the world.
Odds are it won’t produce the dialogue Pope Francis desires, nor will everyone on
either side agree to it.
The full text of the document can be found here: