I haven’t seen a kiss this revolting since the garden scene of “The Passion of The Christ”.
The Pope has taken a trip to the Arabian Peninsula and celebrated Mass with a stadium full of Catholics. Fortunately, zealots were not able to use that opportunity to cause mischief and bloodshed.
What was the purpose of the Pope’s visit?
He and the Grand Imam were on a mission of peace.
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The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths.
Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.
The document pledges that al-Azhar and the Vatican will work together to fight extremism. Claiming to be in the name of “all victims of wars, persecution and injustice”, it warns against a “third world war being fought piecemeal”.
It says: “We resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood.”
Call me crazy, but this humble scribbler has difficulty imagining such a conference with, say, The Apostle Peter and a High Priest of Zeus or Aphrodite.
In fact, the early church fathers had a habit of putting Idol makers out of business and getting chased out of cities by angry mobs.
And aren’t non-Roman-Catholics frequently reminded that the Pope is the heir to Peter’s authority? Pardon us, then, if the Protestants among us have some lingering questions. Like this one:
Will Acts 4:11-12 be coming up in conversation at all?
"This Jesus … has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved"
What would the Apostle Peter say, if invited there?
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And a kiss? With both camps having well-publicized unresolved problems with, shall we call it ‘sexual misconduct’… is a mouth-to-mouth kiss really the best way to communicate the ‘olive branch’ image?
Were there no actual olive branches available in the Middle East?
Here’s the photo op. Don’t say we never warned you.
Pope Francis and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb kiss each other during an inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi, and more photos of the day: https://t.co/Qbp0Nkkoky | ???? Tony Gentile pic.twitter.com/RbfirftSsT
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) February 4, 2019
The Catholic Church is still reeling from criminal charges against Bishops failing to deal with Pedophilia and other MeToo charges in their midst… in several different parts of the world.
Not only Archbishops, but even TWO Cardinals were caught up in the sex scandals.
And how many crime waves of rape need to be reported among ‘migrants’ before we recognize that Islam one of the few worldviews that consistently produces a quality of men that actually lives down to every Socialist stereotype of ‘rape culture’ and ‘toxic masculinity’?
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