What’s missing from this list?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 05, 2016

In an October 5 statement to a UN conference on security challenges involving young people in the Mediterranean region, the Vatican’s representative, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, offered these thoughts:

Root causes that promote violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism among the young must be faced: dissatisfaction, a failure of integration policies, unemployment, a sense of loss, including the feeling of not having a future, a vacuum of values and fractures within families. Moreover, violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism finds a fertile ground in growing intolerance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia, including as a result of certain counter- terrorism policies.

Let’s see: Can you think of any other factor that might promote radicalization and terrorism? Something that Msgr. Urbanczyk didn’t mention?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: freeper79577 - Oct. 20, 2016 2:50 PM ET USA

    I think a large part of all of our problems today lies in the fact that we have ignored all those strong lessons in morality and virtue that one finds in the Holy Bible. And I not that nothing like religion is mentioned in the monsignors list. That is sad.

  • Posted by: toothin - Oct. 09, 2016 6:28 PM ET USA

    Maybe the idea that the moslem religion lacks a center authority to issue corrections to the ideas of the holy war against infidels with a sentence of death for anyone who exercises free speech if it conflicts with their idea of what is sacred in their religion, and the lack of human rights for people who leave their religion, to name just a few for starters. Oh yes, idea that religion must have the authority over the secular relam through Sharia law once they have a majority which they hope for

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Oct. 09, 2016 5:43 PM ET USA

    Fenton, maybe his "vacuum of values" is what he means by lack of God in their lives? We can now add God, along with Hell, to the list of unmentionables - things that might hurt feelings or cause discomfort.

  • Posted by: DanS - Oct. 07, 2016 10:28 PM ET USA

    Having lived and travelled in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, I find the assertion of "marginalization" writ-large as a catalyst of radicalization unconvincing. The most destitute Moslem resident in Europe enjoys a standard of living that far exceeds that of the residents of his country of origin. Ignored, perhaps. Racially profiled, probably, but in Europe they enjoy the rule of law and political, economic, social and religious freedom unthinkable in their home country.

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Oct. 05, 2016 10:44 AM ET USA

    Isn't it heart warming to hear a man ordained to God discuss how man's problems are man caused but he never mentioned lack of contact with God. This Msgr. Urbanczyk, if he represents a significant number of the priesthood, illustrates why the Church is having so much trouble. He seriously needs our prayers!