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*Image: Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, 15 July 1099 by Emile Signol, 1847 [Castle Museum, Versailles, France]. Godfrey of Bouillon is giving thanks to God in the presence of Peter the Hermit after the capture of the city.

By William Kilpatrick, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 7, 2020

William Kilpatrick is the author of Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West, and a new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, The Turning Point Project

William KilpatrickIn comments last year, Marcello Pera, a prominent Italian intellectual and non-believer, criticized Pope Francis for “openly going against tradition, doctrine, and introducing inexplicable innovations, behaviors and gestures.”

A philosopher of science, former president of the Italian Senate, and close friend of Pope Benedict XVI, Pera asserted that Francis had turned Catholicism into “a Church so outgoing that it can no longer be found anywhere.”

In an earlier 2017 interview with Il Mattino, Pera was even more outspoken.  In answer to a question about “indiscriminate” welcoming of migrants to Europe, he replied: “Frankly, I do not get this pope, whatever he says is beyond any rational understanding.  It’s evident to all that an indiscriminate welcoming is not possible:  there is a critical point that can’t be reached.”

He continued: “If the pope. . . insists in a massive and total welcoming, I ask myself:  why does he say it?. . .Why does he lack a minimum of realism, that very little that is requested of anyone?  The answer I can give myself is only one:  The Pope does it because he hates the West, he aspires to destroy it. . . .As he aspires to destroy the Christian tradition.” ….

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