Skip to comments.Al-Qaeda of Iraq Calls Pope 'Hallucinating Tyrant of the Vatican', Threatens 'Killing Sword'
Posted on 11/04/2010 2:45:49 PM PDT by NYer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Catholic Online) - Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and people of good throughout the world continue to mourn and reflect upon the brutal killing of Catholics at Holy Mass in Baghdad last Sunday. However, those associated with the Muslim extremists who perpetrated the evil act continue to spew their hateful and violent rhetoric. We are committed to updating our global readers on the unfolding danger that these threats portend against Catholics and other Christians. Serious times demand a serious response.
Asia News has provided excellent coverage of the massacre and its aftermath. On November 3, they filed this report: "The so-called 'War Department' of the 'Islamic State of Iraq' (ISI) al-Qaeda in Iraq issued a statement on the Web to announce that the passing of the deadline of its "ultimatum" to the Egyptian Coptic Church to release two Egyptian women, Camilia Cheh and Wafa Constantine, wives of Coptic priests, whom according to the terrorists are detained against their will in a convent after converting to Islam. Their conversion has been denied by all the Islamic religious authorities in Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood have harshly attacked the authors of the massacre in Baghdad. Al-Qaeda, however, confirms that all Christians and their churches have become "legitimate targets" of the terrorist group and are therefore are in danger. The message issued today by the Iraqi cell of al-Qaeda also makes explicit reference to the Vatican.'
"While confirming its desire to attack the Christians, the terrorists say they want to give one more chance to the Catholics of the Church of Rome. They claim that "the War Office of the Islamic State of Iraq announced that starting today all the churches and Christian organizations and their leaders are a legitimate target for mujahedeen.
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What is increasingly clear is that those behind the massacre of Catholics with their priests, during the celebration of Holy Mass at Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad last Sunday, are not finished with their evil. We once again invite our readers around the world to pray for those who mourn, pray for the Pope, and pray for the conversion of the perpetrators of this evil. Serious times demand serious responses.
Soldiers of Allah killing immocent unarmed civilians who are attending church services. Allah must be proud of you gutless cowards.
I believe this is the church that was just a few doors down from the hotel I was living at in Baghdad. Not the first time tyhey have been attacked. What do the people that support the mposque at ground zero have to say about this?
Perhaps we should convert the sand to glass in Iran?
I can absolutely understand how the Crusades occurred.
It seems that Al-Q is ramping up for another round of terror, possibly far worse than their previous endeavors.
Islam . . . the peace loving religion.
Bombs made of skittles....
The same Pope who just told Israel to give all its land to the Arabs? That Pope?
How’s that working out for ya?
I’m surprised because most christians have fled iraq since 2003.
Does the Pope still think Iraq was an unjust war?
And here in the US they are trying to introduce shariah law and Americans don’t even get upset about it.
The Pope said nothing like that. This was a statement made by an AMERICAN Melkite bishop. The rest of the Synod’s statement was about how Islam needed to stop killing Christians, which naturally was not reported by the US press.
That said, I wish Protestants would put their money where their mouth is. The Pope always protests the killing of Christians, Protestant or Catholic, in Muslim lands, but the Protestants rejoice at the killings of Catholics.
If only. But the form of muscular Christianity that enabled an emerging Europe to free the Holy Land from Muslim conquerors exists now only in memory... and cool graphics!
This is patently false, easily demonstrably false.
Now, I'm not reading the poster's mind, mind you, but one could not be faulted for questioning whether this poster is being deliberately false (and therefore deliberately untruthful) or is simply in a state of invincible ignorance. Given the ease with which this bogus claim can be debunked, and its preposterous nature in the first place, I think it is fair to state, without reading this poster's mind, that he is, quite frankly, lying through his
That does bring up a very good point. Why hasn’t the Vatican organized a military force in modern times?
While the Swiss Guard carry machine guns in Vatican City, wouldn’t it be grand to have a mobile force that could be sent to provide “amenable” protection for Catholics, perhaps even teaching them how to protect themselves?
This does not mean an aggressive group, but one that could provide at least a little defense, for a short, if critical amount of time, to protect the innocent from the unthinking (if cowardly) mob, or a small band of fanatics intent upon doing them harm.
Importantly, this would be as much a diplomatic effort, of one nation to another, requesting a right to protect the innocent from harm, where the local authorities are either unable, or unwilling, to do so. Thus, just asking might do much to settle a potential problem.
The cost of doing this could be small, indeed, as the members of this force would likely be working for free, providing their own equipment and transportation, asking only for two things.
The diplomatic authorization of the Vatican, and its blessing, to protect the innocent.
Ah. *blush* Sorry. I thought I read it here on FR a few days ago, but couldn't find the article.
I assumed it was just that our wonderful search engine had failed me yet again. I gather the thread was pulled because it simply wasn't true.
the Protestants rejoice at the killings of Catholics.
Do they? Not very Christian IMHO.
So I've just been told.
Now, I'm not reading the poster's mind, mind you, but one could not be faulted for questioning whether this poster is being deliberately false (and therefore deliberately untruthful) or is simply in a state of invincible ignorance.
My ignorance is very vincible. A previous poster already vinced it. Somewhat more gently, I might add.
Given the ease with which this bogus claim can be debunked, and its preposterous nature in the first place, I think it is fair to state, without reading this poster's mind, that he is, quite frankly, lying through his
Lying? No. Just malinformed. (mal as in malicious, as opposed to misinformed) after I failed to find the FR article, I did do a quick google search and saw a few articles. That verified it in my mind. Had I drilled deeper I would have figured it out, but I didn't.
These days it's getting harder and harder to discern the difference between preposterous and today's headlines.
I'm sorry I was fooled and even more sorry and embarrassed that I passed it on.
I apologize for any upset I created.
there's a whole lot more going on there than Protestant versus Catholic.
Yeah. Someone may have lost sight of Satan and his mohammedan minions here....
Well, that is certainly one of the most honest and decent apologies I’ve seen out of the anti-Catholic Caucus on FR in my nine years of posting here. Its a startlingly rare thing. Thank you, kudos and apologies accepted.
I’m blushing again. This time it’s a good blush.
I’m Catholic, and I have never seen more offensive comments about Catholicism than those posted by self-proclaimed Protestants here on FR. A few times I have considered ceasing to view FR, but what I usually do is simply stop reading anything religious and I also ignore the hate-filled comments about Hispanics, who are evidently are hated on FR both for being of non-English descent and being Catholic.
I don’t think that most FReepers feel this way (otherwise I would never post and donate) but there are a few nasty posters here. I just look beyond them to Our Lord, which is really the only thing you can do, and I think most of the sincere and devout Protestant posters here understand this entirely. But Satan loves to stir up enmity. It’s his trademark.
“Is it too late for the Vatican to form a holy ICBM force?”
Brother Maynard, bring out the holy ICBM!
Doh! My mistake! I saw the title and never realized it was posted in the news forum. Mea culpa.
Qui in captivitatem duxerit, in captivitatem vadet : qui in gladio occiderit, oportet eum gladio occidi. Hic est patientia, et fides sanctorum.
Apocalypsis Ioannis XIII-X
Livius, I have noticed the anti-Catholic froth here, too. Having been Protestants for 20 years before we joined the Catholic Church, I have seen that in Protestant churches/ heard it on the radio. It is very un-Christian — “Satan is the accuser of the brethren” — and vile. And, of course, it is very short-sighted, because the Foe we all fight is bigger than any family differences.
Pope on Israel, reported HERE (Link) in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Press Release November 6:
|Pope Benedict XVI today assured top leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that he would continue to raise his voice against anti-Semitism and attempts to isolate the state of Israel, reports a press release from the ADL sent by William Doino, author of a recent On the Square article, Singling Out Israel Isnt Christian.|
The release continues:
|"Thank you for what you do. It is very important what you do, the pontiff told the ADL leaders. Continue what you do. When asked if he would continue to condemn anti-Semitism, the Pope replied: I will, you know I will. . . .
He [Abraham Foxman, the ADL's national director] asked the pontiff to use the Churchs moral authority to help prevent Israel from being made a pariah by its enemies. Please do not permit the world to isolate Israel, Mr. Foxman said, to which Pope Benedict replied, I will be there.
Mr. Doino also pointed to Benedicts brief address as he left Israel in 2008, particularly this part near the end where he quoted the Pope:
|"I wish to put on record that I came to visit this country as a friend of the Israelis, just as I am a friend of the Palestinian people. Friends enjoy spending time in one anothers company, and they find it deeply distressing to see one another suffer. No friend of the Israelis and the Palestinians can fail to be saddened by the continuing tension between your two peoples. No friend can fail to weep at the suffering and loss of life that both peoples have endured over the last six decades.
"Allow me to make this appeal to all the people of these lands: No more bloodshed! No more fighting! No more terrorism! No more war! Instead let us break the vicious circle of violence. Let there be lasting peace based on justice, let there be genuine reconciliation and healing.
"Let it be universally recognized that the State of Israel has the right to exist, and to enjoy peace and security within internationally agreed borders. Let it be likewise acknowledged that the Palestinian people have a right to a sovereign independent homeland, to live with dignity and to travel freely. Let the two-state solution become a reality, not remain a dream. And let peace spread outwards from these lands, let them serve as a light to the nations (Is 42:6), bringing hope to the many other regions that are affected by conflict.
Thanks. I’ve already repented...
What’s the name of that graphic? I wonder if it’s available as a poster.
Thanks — found it. Artist’s name is Bohbot.
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