As Mark Steyn laments, what with the diminution of Christianity across Europe and the Middle East, you might think the pontiff would have other priorities.
“…the notion of a papal encyclical on climate change in order to ‘impact’ a UN conference is utterly depressing in its cobwebbed banality.
“And also kind of decadent at a time when some of the oldest Christian communities on earth are being systematically extinguished. That’s a real present-tense crisis, not one of those Al Gore if-we-don’t-act-now-time-is-running-out-to-save-the-polar-bears crisis. It’s happening now, now, now. Oughtn’t that to take priority for the Bishop of Rome? Is the Pope Catholic?
“Nor is the onslaught on Christians confined to the Holy Land and the rest of the Middle East. Today’s paper includes an account of the ransacking of a Italian church by a man uttering certain phrases in Arabic. He smashed the baptismal font, two altarpieces, a painting of the Assumption, statues of the Madonna with child, our Lady of the Sorrows, our Lady of the Rosary, and St Joseph. No doubt he was just another of the ‘mentally ill’. Maybe all these mentally ill Koran-quoters would be worth an encyclical.”
Or maybe not. Indeed, given their penchant for violence, make that probably not.
Via Five Feet of Fury.
UPDATE: Indeed, they proved it, yet again, in Paris. Joke not about Mighty Mo, the bullets said, as the three black-suited, masked Islamists killed twelve.
MORE: Meanwhile, among the Lefties of The Atlantic, the concern is Taming Christian Rage. So in tune they are. No Islamaphobes among them. They wouldn’t dare.