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By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant, October 6, 2020
New encyclical, more confusion
Pope Francis’ 40,000 word encyclical Fratelli Tutti is the latest volley in the war for souls. He begins it with his version of an account taken from the life of St. Francis of Assisi — and he gets it totally wrong.
He begins with the idea the beloved saint wanted to have a guitar-strumming, Kumbaya hippie-fest with Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil while he was encamped in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade.
Francis went to meet the sultan with the same attitude that he instilled in his disciples: If they found themselves “among the Saracens and other nonbelievers,” without renouncing their own identity they were not to “engage in arguments or disputes, but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake.” …