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Likening ISIS to the Devil, Cardinal makes case for ‘moral’ protection of civilians

September 15th, 2014
02:58 PM ET

Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with Cardinal Fernando Filoni.

By Mick Krever, CNN

Likening ISIS’s rampage to the Devil, the Pope’s envoy to Iraq on Monday made the careful case for taking on ISIS in the name of protecting civilians.

“No one can use the name, or in the name of God to do something like this,” said Cardinal Fernando Filoni, referring to ISIS’s very public beheadings. “These are really Devil things.”

“I don’t say war. I wanted to say defending people who are in need. And this was asked by people there.”

The Pope has been particularly outspoken on ISIS, saying that the group must be stopped, though not necessarily by bombing and traditional warfare.

“The Holy Father many times spoke about no war,” Cardinal Filoni said. “But we are not talking now about war; we are talking about something different.”

“Somebody – a group of terrorists, which are well-equipped, with money, with people, with ideological minds – they attacked people who no one of them had any arms to defend themselves; no equipment, just very simple poor farmers, families, people living in the villages their lives, peaceful people.”

“It is our first duty for human rights reasons, for the sake of humanity, that these people must be defended, must be helped.”

Cardinal Filoni, who spent extensive time in Iraq during the American-led war and is just back from visiting Kurdistan, said the world has a “moral duty” to be engaged.

“We are part of these people, they are part of our humanity, they are Christians, they are Yazidis, they are the minorities, no matter – all of them they need our support.”

Kurdish leaders told him, he recalled, that they need only equipment – not people on the ground – to defend themselves.

“Of course we know that the first duty belongs to the Iraqi government to defend them. But if they are not in this position, they cannot defend themselves, someone else has to take also this duty, at least until the local government is ready to retake its duty.”

Many people told him that if only there were “international security,” they would return to their villages.

“I met three young boys who were running from their villages in Sinjar province, and they told me we are the only three saved who escaped from our villages. And all the ladies, young or middle aged ladies, disappear.”

“Can we sitting down and waiting for, for what? If those ladies were my sister, my mother, my wife, my children, can I react just turning my side to another side? This is my question.”


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  1. Glenn E Stockley

    methinks the catholic cardinal should focus on abuses closer to home......

    September 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Alvaro Ribeiro

      It is unbelievable what this guy is saying. Has he already forgotten all the centuries of devil actions that the Catholic Church did against all who did not agree with them? Are we facing one murder condemning another murder?

      September 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Reply
      • otterknow

        Well said!

        September 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
      • fatih

        well said.church wants to jump on board .

        September 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
      • Dave

        Typically comments are as they are. Fact is, what the Cardinal has said should resonate with ALL human beings today, regardless of their faith, or lack thereof. Life is about evolution and we should be moving forwards together, not returning to medieval times. For once, I wish people would stop complaining and bickering about the past and united as one to stamp out these murderous anti-human thugs called ISIS.

        September 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
      • Jane W

        Do you mean only the one who has no sin has the right to act? Whoever has no sin throws the first stone?

        September 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm |
      • leonormatos

        No, we are condemning BOTH actions.... They are both wrong.

        September 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
      • Vbalop

        What we are seeing is the second coming of an angry Church who burnt folks at the stakes for being "infidels" and seeing themselves now in the ISIS mirror.
        I didn't know that the Catholic Church in Iraq had a Cardinal who was there all these years while we died or killed on a daily basis at a cost of $245 million a day. Jesus! Was this guy a WMD?

        September 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
      • Silver

        have you forgotten the protestant salem witch trials?

        September 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm |
      • Desi

        Yah, and how many Catholics (including clergy) did Queen Elizabeth and her father King Henry the VIII kill?

        September 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
      • jmj raymond

        ALVARO RIBEIRO; YOU ARE A MISINFORMED SOUL. YOUR STUPIDITY MAY COST YOU YOUR IM MORTAL SOUL. BE FORGIVEN FOR YOUR SATANIC STATEMENT AS YOU ARE CONDEMNING THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH; FOUNDED BY JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF 2000 YEARS AGO ; AS THE BODY OF CHRIST. YOU MUST GET ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY AND GET BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH. . YOU MUST REMEMBER WHAT SAINT AGUSTINE SAID, .ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT PERSONS TO EVER WALK THIS EARTH. THIS HOLY SAINT WHO IS IN HEAVEN NOW SAID; "OUTSIDE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ONE CAN HAVE EVERYTHING EXCEPT SALVATION". SIR: PLEASE STUDY CATECISM, GET BAPTIZED BY WATER & THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BE BLESSED IN THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC & APOSTALIC CHURCH {THE BODY OF CHRIST}. THAN YOU CAN CONFESS YOUR OUTRAGEOUS SINS BY CONFESSING YOUR SINS TO A HOLY CATHOLIC PRIEST BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE FOR YOUR SOUL. IF YOU DO THAT SIR, YOU HAVE A CHANCE FOR SALVATION AND PERHAPS ETERNITY IN HEAVEN. BUT IF YOU DENY THE CHURCH THAT JESUS, WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US, FOUNDED, I FEEL SO SORRY FOR YOUR IMMORTAL SOUL AS YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL WITH SATAN AND ALL HIS MINIONS . LOOK UP ON THE WEB SITE ON YOUR COMPUTER "THE LIFE OF SAINT FAUSTINA" A HOLY SAINT; THE FIRST SAINT TO BE CANONIZED IN THE NEW MILLIEUM EARLY IN THE YEAR OF 2000 BY POPE {NOW SAINT}" JOHN PAUL ll. BETWEEN 1931 AND 1935, JESUS APPEARED TO THAN SISTER FAUSTINA, A POOR HUMBLE HOLY NUN, IN POLAND SEVERAL TIMES BETWEEN 1931 AND 1935. JESUS ASKED HER TO PAINT HIS IMAGE AS HE APPEARED TO HER WHICH SHE DID AND WHICH NOW IS CIRCULATED ALL OVER THE WORLD; A PORTRAIT OF JESUS OF DIVINE MERCY.. DURING THAT PERIOD OF APPARATIONS JESUS DICTATED THE HOLY CAPLET PRAYER AND THE NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY AMOUNGT MANY INSTRUTIONS. IN ONE OF THE APPARATIONS OF JESUS, JESUS SHOWED SISTER FAUSTINA A VISION OF HELL IN ORDER TO WARN ALL OF HUMANITY THAT THEIR IS A HELL., SISTER FAUSTINA [AGAIN NOW A SAINT IN HEAVEN] DESCRIBESD IN HER DIARY; HER OWN WORDS WHICH YOU CAN READ ON ON THE WEB SITE, WHAT SHE SAW. HER VISION SHE DESCRIBED IS SO HORRIBLE SO TORTUROUS SO TORMENTFUL OF A PUNISHMENT THAT EVEN WHICH ORDINARY WORDS CANNOT NOT FULLY DESCRIBE; WITH SUCH HORRENDOUS PUNISHMNET THAT WILL NEVER END; THAT WILL LAST FOR ETERNITY FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT OBEY THE LAWS AND WILL OF GOD WHILE STILL ALIVE ON HIS CRESTED PLANET; AND WHO DID NOT DIE IN HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST; WHO SUFFERED A HORRIBLE PASSION AND DEATH ON THE WOODEN CROSS FOR ALL OF US SO THAT WE HAVE A CHANCE FOR SALVATION; PROVIDED WE BELIEVE IN HIM, BY LOVING HIM, BY CONFESSING OUR SINS WITH A VERY HEARTLY SORROW FOR OFFENDING SO GOOD A ND JUST COMPASSIONATE MERCYFUL GOD, DOING PENANCE AND HAVING A FIRM COMMITTMENT TO TRY NEVER TO SIN AGAIN. SIR YOU NEED TO READ HER DESCRIPTION AND PERHPAS YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR OPINION AND SEND AN APOLOGETIC REPLY TO YOUR DEMONIC WORDS YOU SAID TODAY. I BEING A CATHOLIC ; WILL SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR YOUR SOUL TODAY AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR OUTLANDISH SATANIC STATEMENT. I HOPE GOD FORGIVES YOU AND IF YOU WILL PLEASE FIND SALVATION VIA THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH MY FREIND. .

        September 16, 2014 at 12:18 am |
      • monghe

        What does it have to do with what is happening now? If we use your argument to not do anything, then the U.S. might as well not do anything because they too committed mistakes against other "races" in the past (Native Indians). What happened in the past cannot be changed, but what you do now is more important. You cannot keep on bringing the past to hamper what could be done to save those people who are under threat from ISIS.

        September 16, 2014 at 2:14 am |
      • tergy

        Oh yea two wrongs will make right

        September 16, 2014 at 7:19 am |
    • otterknow

      HA! Yeah, I don't think a group in which, per its leader, has a 1 in 50 child rape rate and cannot even get that under control, has any business voicing out against anything. Let the government do its job, it helped to create this problem is maybe they can solve it.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • Jimi

      me thinks you are an idiot. What this cardinal is saying is the truth. What an easy, obvious and stupid comment to make. Not everyone in the catholic church is evil. It is so easy to overlook the good that the catholic church are doing in this world, but well done mate, you made your comment and got your reaction.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • subek

      He should have stayed in kapalls...

      September 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • mojo

      Hollyrood agreement?

      September 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • glenn1062

      I do not think the church of today is the same as in history but I do understand why the Romans often referred to neighboring tribes as barbarians.
      You really cannot take today's world and its' values, education and ability in law enforcement and paste it onto a world from ancient times or the dark ages. You can ask why it is still going on in some parts of the world.

      September 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Desi

      If you have seen the two Syrian Christian boys( about 12 to 15 yr. of age) getting killed in a spray of gunfire after some Quranic speech was read out then you will understand. And how many women and girls are now being constantly rape and kept in cages for the next day's "entertainment".They are the booty of their so-called religious war .The Catholic Church will strongly condemn it and urge action on these barbarians.

      September 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Roger Waters

      I'm not Catholic but I admire this man's courage to speak out and make the obvious point that everyone else is too cowardly to say. ISIS is evil and everyone who chooses this moment to slam this man down is technically aiding and abetting the demonic evil that is ISIS.

      September 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Don in Uganda

      JMJ, Raymond. Me thinks you are an imposter-Your rants on other posts discredit you when you try to push the "only through the church" line. And if your sincere, your true heart betrays that there has been no true transformation of your Spirit. True scripture must be your guiding light, not loyalty to any group. Every group gets it wrong to some degree-only God's Word keeps it straight. 1. Bible-there is only ONE mediator between God and man-Christ Jesus 9not a priest or a pope) they can be leaders but nothing more. Second, you misinterpret what Jesus was saying to Peter. The actual Greek and Hebrew make it clear that what Jesus is saying to Peter is He is responding to his statement acknowledging that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God. He says that it is God that has revealed this revelation to him, and that it is our understanding of this truth-that Jesus is not a mere man, or a prophet only, but in fact that He is the ONE. The statement is not about Peter being the first "pope". In fact the next sentence He rebukes Peter and tells the devil to get away! Salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ , not in a religious group no matter what the name. Everyone who has by faith trusted in Jesus as their Lord and savior and received His Holy Spirit is part of the "church" whether they attend a church or not. And everyone who is a member of any church who has not received the Holy spirit, who has not put their trust and faith in the finished works of Jesus is just a religious person, but not one saved from eternal judgement. They still rely on their own good works 9self righteousness) which means they are not relying on what Jesus did at the cross. that is why He will say "depart from me- I never knew you" Read all of Romans, then Galatians 3. When you know the truth, understand it believe it , then the truth will set you free. Be blessed!

      September 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  2. Udo

    @glenn me think u should also evaluate ur state of sensitivity ur coment smacks hate !!- my opinion

    September 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Diana Horton

      @ Udo I have to agree. No matter, what the topic is, you have one like him saying crap.-peace

      September 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  3. DND

    Nothing ISIS is doing is remotely God-like.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  4. Jax

    It's the devil?
    Why are we afraid to state the simple truth?
    It's men, behaving as they often do.
    Don't blame me for dropping the truth. I read history books.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Homer

      Why are you too afraid to state the simple truth? It's men behaving according to the teachings of the Qur'an and the Sunna.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
      • nz22

        Spanish Inquisition. read up history book.

        September 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
  5. missizbeasley

    What else can he do but comment. The more people in places of influence should not stop talking about it. I mean, what can he do? Send in the Swiss Guard?
    He pointed out again that isis attacks unarmed, peaceful people. That's a good thing to remember. They are not so strong as they like to make out.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  6. Zcyrus

    The Islamic State is not something new!
    It happened in Iran 35 years ago and Iranian people still have big trouble to get rid of it.
    The Dictator religious Iran regime torching and jailing and executing of people because they wanted democracy and freedom.
    The Iran regime keep the Iranian people in a big jail and try to
    expand its empire all around including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,
    Bahrain, Yemen....with exporting the Shia terrorist groups like Hezbollah, Badre
    and Ghods sepah.
    They also making Nuclear bomb and rockets in their hidden military sites....
    The USA must planning to fight against all the Islamic radical groups – Shia and Sunni – in the region (included Pakistan).

    September 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • wasso

      Was al-Baghdadi Mossad trained ?

      September 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • barry

      Spot on many do not understand what happened in 1979 in Iran. Took a great country back hundreds of years.

      September 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  7. stillwater77

    If this is true, wouldn't this be tantamount to saying that the Catholic Church was run by the Devil during the Inquisition?

    September 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  8. Adie BD24 9RH

    ......well, well.......firstly, they is no proven God....it's purely a faith...a faith that God is amongst us. Churches, Mosques are simply a tool to control. Relig' is a control system.ISISISIlIS is a control system.
    We need to encourage more Mussies to go ISIS........and every one that is delivered to Paradise is one less that we will have to deal with tomorrow.
    .......Peace!

    September 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  9. Religion Sucks

    The pot calling the kettle black.
    http://markhumphrys.com/christianity.killings.html

    September 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  10. Pastor L. D. McCarty

    I don't agree with anything that the Pope may say sometime, but with this SISI going on I will stand with anyone who tell the truth.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  11. Helio

    The Biblle clearly states that the devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Satan hates human beings, and his 24-7 intent is to degrade and destroy them. But Jesus has come to bring life and life to the full.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Adie

      ..........hey.......there is no Devil.....dear o dear o dear.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • barry

      have you ever thought that like G*d the devil also is not a physical thing? The devil is self, is ego, it is not a red monster jumping aorund in hell with a pitchfork. Please think beyond literal when reading the writings...

      September 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  12. malamappilai

    ISIS (ie, any terror org) is devil. But we often forget that its mirror image twin is SISI (ie,any middle east dictator like egyptia n general). If the dictatorship of oppression is not combatted, how could we achieve a real success over them ideologically? Today we are hearing about the voting in scotland. If this is the atmosphere in Europe, I wonder on what ground a european evil person could organize people to conduct terrorism?. Compare that with middle east. From childhood what people learn in the ME is that success lies not in any ideology but in the ability to excel in torture tactics.

    September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  13. Ahmed

    I am a Muslim and those criminals are not Muslims , they clearly do everything that Islam forbids , they are against Islam and as said they are he Devil and we must fight them !

    September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Krakalakin

      Good for you, choosing to ignore the crazier parts of your religious book, as most rational people do. I salute you. However, the "a few bad apples" argument is a boat so full of holes, it is shocking to me that people at this stage of our social development still forward it as an argument. There are tens of thousands(perhaps hundreds of thousands) of these "few bad apples" at this moment trying to force a dark ages political system based upon religion upon unwilling peoples. To say it has nothing to do with religion is crazier than religion itself, and many religions have committed these atrocities and much worse in recent history, islam has no monopoly on human suffering. The tranquilizing effect that religion has on the masses will not leave humanity soon, if it ever does, but I for one will not hide behind political correctness to help perpetuate this psychological crutch, and all of the inhumanities that mutate from it....this not the work of the devil, it is the work of man, just as all religious books are.

      September 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • barry

        Jihad was in the Bible also and so was slavery, read up before you start judging him and The Qur'an. Also how much do you really understand the original Bible? do you even know what language it was originally written in... tip it was not english lol

        September 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
  14. Jax

    Oh, look! A large group of dudes getting together and killing people. How rare! So rare!!! It must be....is it....SATAN? (Must be said in Dana Carvey church lady voice.)

    September 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Helio

      Yes, I get your point. ISIS fighters are not worse sinners than those who slaughter unborn babies through abortion in broad daylight. This is the genocide taking place in western nations right now. That too is a work of satan. As a matter of fact Jesus said that he who hates his brother is compared to the one who murders. The issue is the wickedness of human heart. If the heart is not right it produces all kinds of evil. But Jesus can change the nature of our hearts so the right fruit is produced.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • Jax

        Yes, because comparing gynecologists with ISIS is exactly the point. I can't even. Good night everyone!

        September 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
  15. Ovidiu Manole

    So if I well understood, the Catholic church use to do "Evil thinks" when they use to burn people for thinking?

    September 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  16. Adie BD24 9RH

    ....mmmm, the Pope is speaking from a Relig' standpoint.......he's cosseted in Relig' n......so apart from the surroundings he enjoys, he is simply briefed on his media release.
    So......it's simply an opinion. Reality is, people are being targeted and killed and killed by a driven force based on......Relig's beliefs.......which have no foundation apart from fairy tale scribblings and an alleged nomad who was hallucinating from a lack of water.....(the Mohammmmmad, Mohamad, Mo,Mohmmad nomad)

    September 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  17. jogee

    Yes Poe did you see your priests raping little children.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  18. Jax

    Power struggle, oppression, resource scrambling, sociopathy, and group psychosis= "Tale as Old as Time..."

    September 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  19. mr

    problem is not the religion doctrine; it's the people who commit anti social acts in the name of a religion. they are still just murderers and criminals. that goes for the clergy of religions that abuse people as well. . there is a lot of hypocrisy out there. pity these people will not go to hell and many will not be held accountable on earth. wish god wakes up to what's happening on earth.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Adie

      ......personally, I understand.......but.........there is no God and there is no understanding and it won't give power to anyone who does whatever they do or don't do. There is totally and utterly no evidence of a God but only a belief there is a God and what it does or does not do..........but...........we mostly like to adhere to the belief that there is a higher element.
      Scholars will invest huge amounts of energy, time and finances to convince us who are in a low level of weakness that we need Allah , God ....whoever .....
      ........it's marketing.............JC Penny.....much the same.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  20. activityguide

    The Pope must have a short attention span as organized religion (including if not especially the catholic church) has caused more deaths than all the rest of the world combined. Organized religion (of ANY denomination) is the root of all the worlds' problems. FULL STOP!

    September 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  21. Bifford

    Is this the same Catholic Church that once burned heretics? It's nice to see the Catholic Church has raised its standards. ISIS is an Islamic outfit acting in the name of Allah simply because it claims to be. All religious people are self-proclaimed servants of God. They're doing their particular flavor, but who am I to denounce it?

    September 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  22. Dan Steeves

    Which is more satanic, the beheading of a person in the name of the god of Islam or the burning alive at the stake of countless thousands in the name of the god of Catholicism? While cardinal Filoni sees a 'straw' in the eye of islam the Catholic Church has a rafter in its own eye.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  23. Jax

    I think we should transfer these IS guys to a Parish upstate, give them some counseling, and a fresh start.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  24. Jay

    ISIS is evil and of devil. They don't have human heart. Jesus didn't do all these when he was alive by forcing people to follow him, its only so called prophet mohammed who fought jihad war for people to be his followers. This is evil act. The world needs to rise up and fight against this devil incarnated beast. I'm sure by Gods grace, they will all be wiped off soon. I pray may God strengthens the US forces and other allies forces who have clean mind fighting against this devil minded people.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  25. Ken

    I'm just happy they are "morally outraged" about something besides my private behavior.

    September 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Jax

      Getting a Catholic Cardinal on International news to introduce "good vs. evil" religious imagery, to include the devil itself does not seem helpful or responsible. This isn't Star Wars.
      It is anachronistic, emotional, and uneducated blather.
      It will only serve to strike anger in some and fear in others.
      Please bring in historians, sociologists, psychologists, professors, tacticians–let's bring this discussion to 2014.
      This is inflammatory and fantastical.
      Let's leave our imaginary friends out of it.

      September 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  26. Tom C

    Well then... I guess now it's a proper holy war.

    September 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  27. bert

    Why do these videos showing the victims and the masked executioner do not show blood in his hands, and the video is cut off not showing the full execution ??? Could these be a hoax. A strategy to entice the West to engage hastily without a well conceived strategy and war plan. I have a strong instinct or hunch if you will, that these videos are a probable fake. Anyway, I hope I´m right, and they still be alive. Although they are in the tight rope for sure, on edge.
    Something tells me that these people being as wild and unforgiving as they are, would allow the West to see the entire video, but have chosen not to. Why ???

    September 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  28. BERT

    Though not necessarily by bombing and traditional warfare. What else ? Maybe just harsh words or You're naughty boys all of you.....

    September 15, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  29. Douglas

    How many people will be beheaded before ISIS will be stopped the international community took it serious because of the three guys beheaded the all know the cause and where it all started because they refuse to to push Syria present government out so ISIS grew wings here, this is not matter of talking on televisions we need actions no one know who will be beheaded NEXT.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  30. Hypocrites

    Look who is talking. An official figure in the criminal church of the catholic. If these words came from another source, perhaps they would be credible. But from the head of a criminal organization ... very unconvincing.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  31. martin isenburg

    The videos released by ISIS are shocking and horrorfying. However, calling these executions 'acts of evil' is an all too familiar way of how Western leaders rattle support for military action. The accompanying message of the video clearly explains why the militant group is acting this way: They want the bombings to stop. They want Britain not to join the US in their war on ISIS. The same message has now been delivered repeatedly in the same media effective manner. Hence these people are not 'acting out of evil' but to accomplish a very clearly spelled out objective.
    Emotionally speaking these beheadings are absolutely terrible. But strictly logically speaking, in contrast to the everyday US bombing raids such a choreographed execution not only minimizes civilian casualties but also makes each one count. If instead of missile strikes, the US had to kill all of their "collateral damage" this way, their total civilian "body count" over the past few years would have been much much lower.
    I am not agreeing with these violent killings. Just like I do not agree with American drone strikes. But labelling them as 'evil' and the (usually even more violent) Western military response as 'good' is more of the same "war of justice" propaganda that has accompanied us over decades of military operations in the Middle East ...

    September 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • bert

      I agree in the fact that the war, or anti-terror measures as the action is called in the form of killing hundreds of people on the ground using superior technology and firepower from the air is like shooting fish on a barrel more than even warfare. And this degrades the strategy being employed against the enemy, also considering the practice is marginal in effect as to provide an overwhelming impact on the enemy to render it submissive and destroy its morale and will to fight. But , then again, its easy to criticize this measure, and also no measure and response at all
      The real fact is that ISIS represent a surprise to the West. It has awakened and put thru its paces a giant force with tactics and strategy never seen before. And this giant , no matter what anybody says, must have the support of the Muslim Countries in order to have grown that large, and have the assets it now handles with amazing efficiency, and growing larger by the hour. And all this planning was done while the U.S. and its allies thought it was ´´mission accomplished´´ . This shows how little it is known about the real scenario in the region, and the foe it is considered to be engaged, until intelligence matures to a higher degree of information in real time from the scenarios.

      September 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  32. lolCAT2000

    I hope he says the same things about the deeds of Torquemada which are in no way less "of the devil".

    September 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  33. Pogue Mahone

    ISIS is a global threat and must be destroyed. They claim to be Muslims but they are perverting their religion. You can't judge an entire group of people by some extremists. The global community needs to get together to eliminate the threat of ISIS.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  34. Elias

    I can tell the truth about what has made the Devil in the form of muslim extremism and terrorism possible: political correctness gone mad in the west. Cardinal Feloni and the Pope shows much more attention to this fact than western political leaders do. It is very brave and a very positive sign from the Catholic church. The times of political correctness is over, and for the forthcoming decades in Europe, muslims will see a very much changed political landscape. It will not be a soft meeting, not be a breeding place for extremism anymore. Ultimately, muslim brutality will strangle islam from within – and the extremists will meet a bloody, horrible end. That is a promise. Keep in mind, that all muslim apologists in the west does share the guilt for what has happened to both civilians and journalists. There will be a time for judgement on this, and we are many that wants to see the traitors be sentenced for betrayal of freedom and security in our respective countries.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  35. Diane

    Totally agree. I believe with all my heart that the people are Satan's army.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  36. Helen Hsiao

    People need arms to protect their family. That's why Americans can't have no arms and all they can help is to provide more arms for the people in need. We can't say that it's wrong. However, what else we can do in such situation? They need real help to make them have no reason to invade the others. Who can do it? I, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of All Nations, can complete such Holy Mission in your help.

    September 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  37. 007isalive

    Where were u papa, when the an organized crime was taking place for years at the hand of Serbian armies ? was that an angelic action?

    September 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  38. 007isalive

    When it hits in the area where it hurts you the most angels come out to criticize muslims and islam.Where were u papa when thousands of innocent vulnerable muslims were being mercilesly butchered by serbian devils?Out of vatican city?Devils cahange getups,now they look like isis,right?

    September 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  39. frost

    The Pope shouldn't have said anything...now some nut will have all the excuse to turn this into a religious war...

    September 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  40. jinxiu

    why are people so hung up on the church's history. It has nothing to do with the ISIS situation. People seem to think the cardinal's argument is less valid because of things that the church did. Isn't that similar to a logical fallacy called ad hominem? The validity of an idea should be based only on the idea, and not take into account who said it.

    It's reasonable to liken the ISIS to the devil and to support people at risk of genocide.

    September 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  41. eastghostcom

    Everything the major media and establishments say is 100% inverted – beware all civilians. thezog.wordpress.com

    September 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  42. johnjames

    The whole world is under a "satanic war". Can you name a country where no evil is taking place ? Where no innocents are dying or under some abuse ?

    September 16, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
    • Diane

      Yep. Satan's army is in different places, in different forms. That's why so many people need to shake off their apathy.

      September 16, 2014 at 2:47 am | Reply
  43. @ jmj raymond

    YOU ARE AN EMPTYHEADED JUNK! YOU DO NOT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS !
    READ ABOUT THE CRIMES OF THE CONQUISTADORS AND THAN COME TO HAVE A DISCUSION YOU NOTHING DEVIL!

    September 16, 2014 at 5:31 am | Reply
  44. p media

    After 15 years of war in the Middle East, why do my fellow Americans trust anything the government/media has to say about new threats and conflicts? People are so easy to manipulate, it's depressing.

    September 16, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  45. fornaxus

    The Cardinal has some mighty pretty words, full of compassion and a longing to help. Also suggesting condemnation for taking violent action, and further stating that there is "something else" to be done.... and then never even hints at what that might be. All the good feelings in the world aren't going to convince fanatics to stop doing fanatical things. It's not going to make problems just disappear. Prayer, without action, has no meaning, and no power.

    I'm not a violent person. I have no issues with the Muslim religion. What I take exception to is the free-style slaughter of innocents. The beheading of seekers of truth (even if they don't always no how to report it). The murder of non-combatants, regardless of their faith. And the only answer to this problem is more violence, and the only question then becomes, who has to enact it? The Catholic Church doesn't have to do so – they're only power resides in their wealth and in the minds of their followers. The Iraq government is ill-equipped to do fucque all. And the European governments are still looking to the US to take their cues, deciding only then what action, if any they'll take.

    This isn't a matter of nation building. This isn't Empire. This isn't about greedy men starting wars to fill their coffers. This is stopping the SS from enacting genocide before they really get their steam up. Oops, I mean ISIS. The 'i's are so skinny, I missed them for a moment there.

    September 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  46. RLTJ's

    The issue is a religious-political complex. Lets take away the political side of it and view it, as much as possible, as religious.

    Lets face the problem from an apolitical and in a non-partisan-political standpoint. You cannot identify yourself or work with any of the party involved in the conflict without making yourself becoming to appear as a party in the conflict. [Yes, the Church appears to be a target of the conflict but it cannot go down that level.]

    I think that Coptic Bishop's position I heard somewhere, sounds better. The Church is better addressing this problem to the United Nations.

    September 18, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
  47. RLTJ's

    ISIS wants their war fought as a religious war.

    I don't think it is good for Christians to take the call.

    September 18, 2014 at 4:20 am | Reply
  48. RLTJ's

    Roman Catholics behind [western war coalition] and [western war coalition] for Roman Catholics.

    Who do you think gets the most satisfaction?

    September 18, 2014 at 4:35 am | Reply
  49. RLTJ's

    As a Christian, I object to being dragged in there in that manner.

    September 18, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply
  50. RLTJ's

    My Church might find me weird. I don't believe in devils. My God is the only authority in this cosmos.

    I see a war by humans being fought brutally.

    September 18, 2014 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      Stemming from that farther, my Church might find me weirder if not objectionable.

      I think the devil is just a scarecrow, a running dog, what ever except an authority. A stooge. Who do you think authorizes the devil?

      September 18, 2014 at 5:01 am | Reply
  51. RLTJ's

    And so, if you are attacked by the devil who do you gonna call for help?

    September 18, 2014 at 5:05 am | Reply
  52. SoullessTechnocrat

    That's why there should be Omnicide. No life, no problems. There wouldn't be any militants to strike and kill if everyone were already dead. Everyone would be free from pain forever. That's worth it, is it not?

    September 24, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
  53. Donald Armstrong

    Isis is so evil, they have to be the devil.. The devil is making Isis do his work.....

    February 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  54. Tom

    To sum it up *uck the devil inspired isis and his followers.

    June 27, 2015 at 6:36 am | Reply

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