Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Pope visits mosque, removes shoes, bows, and prays. OMG!

It appears Francis has his shoes on in this photo.

Unprecedented?  Not so much.

Catholics are turning on Pope Francis in a big way since he returned from Africa.  The venom against the Holy Father is something one might expect from Novus Ordo Watch, or the enemies of religion and the Catholic Church - but it is coming from the so-called 'remnant' of faithful Roman Catholics who miss Pope Benedict and John Paul II and are apparently convinced Pope Francis is trying to overturn everything 'they' set in place.

When Pope Francis visited the mosque of Koudoukou, the Christian world reeled - that is, if you believe what some are saying about it.  Pope Francis is not the first pope to visit a mosque, remove his shoes, or bow his head in prayer - or seek peace between the two faiths.

A disabled JPII - First Pope to visit a mosque.
No shoes.  Prays.

A very able Benedict XVI visits mosque,
removes shoes ...

Inclines head in prayer...

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters. We must therefore consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such. We are well aware that the recent events and acts of violence which have shaken your country were not grounded in properly religious motives. Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace”. The Holy Father addressed these words to the Muslim community of the Central African Republic this morning in the mosque of Koudoukou, a few kilometres from Bangui. Francis was received by five imams who accompanied him to the podium situated in the mosque, a short distance away from the area reserved for prayer. The event was attended by around two hundred people. - VaticanNews

May 14, 1999

April 17, 2008
The day after his birthday, 
Benedict received a silver-plated Koran.


  1. "When the pope speaks off-cathedra" Ha! Hilarious.

    As my mammie always said, "never turn your back on someone who self-identifies as being part of a 'remnant.'"

  2. Terry, sadly, I must disagree with you on this topic. I think if you simply ask yourself what you would do if ISIS showed up at Mass, armed to the teeth and announced that everyone who would bow and pray in the direction of Mecca—as our Holy Father just made a point of doing—
    would be spared. One simple gesture of religious devotion, saluting the legitimacy of the Prophet and his Message, and you could go! I think you, and many, would pass on such an opportunity to save your life.

  3. Terry,

    All men of good will. I see nothing but mutual respect towards each other when men of faith gather. May this tradition continue despite the naysayers.

    Dr. Jeff has a good article out today. Did you read it yet?

    "The other side of the Francis effect: Hypersensitivity and hysteria?"

    1. Thanks Yaya - I'll check it out. I'm really appalled by what is online. Just did a joke-post about sedevacantist stuff - fortunately few people read this blog so I doubt I will offend anyone.

      God bless!

    2. Excellent article by Dr. Mirus!

    3. I finally read it - yes - it's a very good essay. Nice to read something so balanced and dispassionate. I may post on it.

  4. Christmas time in Australia police invariably witness a spike in call outs for domestic violence. Brothers and sisters indeed!

  5. In my mind, this doesn't really serve as an excuse for the Holy Father to visit a mosque, but it does serve as a nice reminder to the oh-the-sky-is-falling trads that Pope Francis isn't the first pontiff to make a severe error in prudence.


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