Tommaso Ghirelli, the Bishop of Imola, seems to have gone off-message, at least from the point of view of the Vatican. He has called for better behavior on the part of Muslims, demanding that they reciprocate the kindness shown to Muslim refugees by the West, instead of persecuting and slaughtering Christians.
Many thanks to par0 for translating this Italian TV interview, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
From the notes that accompanied the video, also translated by par0:
Tommaso Ghirelli Bishop of Imola: “Muslims, be men of honour or go away.”
From the Nuovo Diario Messaggero: “We ask for the Muslims amongst us to take a stand against the persecutions and the violence. Otherwise they should have the courage to distance themselves from our land.”
Mohammed Sabir, president of the Islamic House of Culture of Imola, has decided to postpone any public announcement until the 11th September, the day of the commemoration of the victims of the attack on the Twin Towers of New York, regardless of the announcements of condemnation of ISIS by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.
|0:00||Monsignor Tommaso Ghirelli asks for a stand against the persecution.|
|0:04||Muslims: be men of honour, or go away.|
|0:08||OK, strong words; however, I think we have arrived in the moment in which we have to|
|0:22||make things clear, not be hypocrites, and get to the bottom of the questions.|
|0:28||For 40 or 50 years that the Christians in the Middle East have had to emigrate,|
|0:34||to go away, have been driven from their homes and their lands.|
|0:43||In Iraq and Syria, they (Christians) have been present since the beginning of Christianity.|
|0:50||After 2,000 years in a civilisation as advanced as ours,|
|0:56||we, without raising an eyebrow, without acting, allow this to happen.|
|1:04||Never mind talking about the killing and crucifixion of people, these terrible cruelties.|
|1:15||A bit of animation, a bit of debate, a bit of coherence on these things,|
|1:29||also because on our behalf we have welcomed many people,|
|1:34||also recently the caritas of Imola, refugees in various instances,|
|1:41||and on the other side what happens? I would like to see signals of reciprocity being given.