Petrus Romanus Intensifies Call For War On Christian Fundamentalists
Why does Pope Francis continue to go back to his concern over religious fundamentalism found in all religions? During his press conference on the plane returning from his trip to Africa, he addresses the issue again in response to a reporter’s question. Listen to what he says: “In the Catholic church we have some — many — who believe they possess the absolute truth and they go on sullying others through slander and defamation and this is wrong. Religious fundamentalism must be combated. It is not religious, God is lacking, it is idolatrous.” Strong words indeed. Note that he says fundamentalism is not religious. Religion is about our relationship to God. It is about what God does for us: his mercy, his love, his care for us. Religion is not about doctrine. Fundamentalists often become rigid and demand strict orthodoxy, yet even most Catholics often don’t know well the details of their own religious doctrine.