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Italian bishop disagrees with Pope, sees 'ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity'

August 02, 2016

A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence.

“It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro diocese. In an interview with La Fede Quotidiana, he said that he was “confused” and even “disoriented” by the Pope’s statements. “I would expect a more firm defense of Christians,” he said. “I would like a Pope more energetic in defense of our principles and our faith.”

Bishop Gemma said that Pope Benedict XVI had made a “prophetic” critique of Islam in his address at Regensburg, which should be “read, re-read, and studied.”


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Aug. 03, 2016 11:21 AM ET USA

    Perhaps it's time for everyone to read what Vatican II document "Nostra Aetate" has to say about Islam.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 03, 2016 9:52 AM ET USA

    I understand that the Holy Father is called by Christ to reach out to other faiths. I applaud his willingness to do so in today's world. However, his communications to other faiths must not result in confusion of the faithful about the teachings of the Church. His communication to the multi-faceted believers of Islam was not clear and resulted in Christian confusion.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Aug. 02, 2016 8:52 PM ET USA

    Strongly agree. The Pope fails his history lessons and is blind to what Sharia clearly states. It is a violent political and "religious" system and has been since Mohammed.