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When Catholic Bishops go wrong...

... they go terribly wrong:

saldanha_web.jpgThe president of the Pakistani bishops' conference has called for the arrest of a U.S. Protestant pastor whose decision to burn the Islamic sacred book has caused fury in the Muslim world and the deaths of more than 20 people.

Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, conference president, said the U.S. government should seek to diffuse mounting tensions by detaining the Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center Church in Gainesville, Fla., who oversaw the burning of the Quran by the Rev. Wayne Sapp, his assistant.

"The U.S. government should detain the pastor for some time," Archbishop Saldanha told the British branch of Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity for persecuted Christians around the world.

"In view of the effects his actions have had all over the world, he should be controlled and understand the harm that has been done," he said in an April 4 telephone interview.

"The U.S. government talks about religious freedom -- but we call upon the U.S. government to prevent such actions by extremists and other fundamentalist Christians," the archbishop said.

It's uncharitable to say... I realize... but this guy's an idiot.  Forgive me for the bluntness.

Isn't it interesting that the dude is silent on the actions of Islamist extremists and the responsibility they might have in the actions taking place all over the world?

I certainly think it interesting.

It might behoove him to think before speaking.  It would certainly do the rest of us some good who have enough trouble dealing with the fallout that comes from the words, and deeds, performed by wayward Bishops.

It's judgmental I'm sure to bring it up but I wonder what it is about the Catholic faith that this guy really believes.  To suggest that someone be arrested and detained for burning a Koran while remaining silent about what ought to be done with those murdering and maiming innocents over it is to suggest that he has serious problems with the little things... and that the bigger things may then be out of his reach.

H/T to Deacon Greg.


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Comments (16)

I hope and expect Rome will... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I hope and expect Rome will be reprimanding him soon.

This is probably a misguided attempt to defuse the situation - the Christians, Catholic and Protestant, in Pakistan are a tiny minority already subject to persecution and violence by the mobs of raging, rabid dog-boys incited by their mad mullahs into a frenzied blood lust. He is probably hoping to protect the Christians by condemning the burning.

Of course, it is like throwing raw meat into a marauding pack of mad beasts, so it is unlikely to have the desired effect anyway.

The Bishop demonstrated pre... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

The Bishop demonstrated precisely what mental illness looks like. It is astonishing that it never occurred to him to condemn the slaughter but only the paper burning!! This guy has clearly been hanging around with too many muslims or, perhaps he feels that murder and mayhem is just "what they do. Can't expect any better from them" and that therefore it's not worth bringing up.

Whatever his reasoning, it is sick. Period.

So what was the reason for ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

So what was the reason for these guys Burning schools in 2010?
What should we do about a group that burns 850 books
or the group that Burn schools in 2007,2006
throw acid in women face or do atrocities as common part of life.

Maybe Christians need to start beat up artist who put Crucifix in Jar of urine now in this great country the NEA funds it.
Maybe we should kill people who make Jesus gay nope we have it on display for weeks.

Here what we need to do. Gather the up the people who killed the Union members in cold blood and put some rounds on target.
Gather the Immans that whipped them up and charge them with hate crime

This is so stupid.... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

This is so stupid.

[b]has caused fury in the Muslim world and the deaths of more than 20 people.[/b]

Really? He "caused" these deaths?

Ok, let's apply that logic consistently. All those women dressing slutty? They caused their own rape.

Well Rick, I was going to w... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Well Rick, I was going to write about how inadequate your use of the word "interesting" was to describe the disgust I feel over this asshole's statement. But it seems the first four comments here express the same horror I feel.

#s 1-4 - right on!

This is exactly what the is... (Below threshold)
jim m:

This is exactly what the islamists want. They want to intimidate the infidels so they start repressing each other in the name of not offending the islamists.

Time to start ratcheting up the offenses to islam. What we need is to meet their anger with more offense so they learn that the more they bitch about it the more Korans we will burn/piss on/defile. Maybe we could start with making images of mohammad and defiling them.

The sooner they get the message that they cannot stop us and that their complaint will result in more offense the better.

What's Latin for "Dhimmi?"<... (Below threshold)

What's Latin for "Dhimmi?"

J.

Perhaps these foreign bisho... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Perhaps these foreign bishops should take the time to READ our constitution. Until then, they can STFU! And I say that with all due reverence and respect.

It is very hard for someone... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

It is very hard for someone from a very repressive culture to understand a very free one. The reverse is also true. It explains much of the campus lovefests for Hamas and the PLO.

Paging Lindsey Graham...</p... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Paging Lindsey Graham...

I believe this Bishop's sta... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

I believe this Bishop's statements are in line with his need to keep his head attached to his torso.

Other bishops have been decapitated in the past for supporting Christianity.

This guy looks like he coul... (Below threshold)
'914 :

This guy looks like he could be Bidens brother.


What an idiot..

Re: Campus Lovefests. They ... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Re: Campus Lovefests. They all think they are going to be on the committee. Telling you and me what to do. And they may be right for a while.

"Paging Lindsey Graham..."<... (Below threshold)
'914 :

"Paging Lindsey Graham..."

Lindsey cant talk right now, he's got his head up a rino's ass.

Catholic Bishops go wrong a... (Below threshold)
dnb:

Catholic Bishops go wrong all the time - It's called the Catholic Bishops Democratic Wing (or Peace and Justice for short).

Catholics now don't know th... (Below threshold)

Catholics now don't know the difference between "diffuse" and "defuse?"




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