Two Catholic bishops in Bavaria have very different things to say about recent Islamic jihad attacks in Europe. Actually, the first says almost nothing — nice-sounding words come out of his mouth, but without any discernible meaning. Full of pap and pabulum, but signifying nothing.
The second bishop is quite refreshing, however. As a consequence, it seems likely that Comrade Pope Francis will soon discipline him for his blasphemies against universal diversity and inclusion.
How bishops express themselves concerning Islamic terror
The bishop of Würzburg, Friedhelm Hoffmann [left in the photo] posed in front of an upside down crucifix when he was asked his opinion about the Allahu Akhbar Axe Attack in his diocese. “Yes, today came the big surprise that yesterday such an attack could happen against tourists on that train to Würzburg,” he said, and returned with a rhetorical question: “What can one say to that?” One doesn’t, after all, know anything about the background of the young man, who possibly could have been sick before the police shot him.
His episcopal colleague from Passau, Stefan Oster [right in the photo] on July 15th, after the attack in Nice, took a stand concerning Islamic terror. His emphatic speech was then written about in an astonished WAZ [Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung]:
This has not been seen in this form: A bishop admonishes Muslims to stand up against terror in the name of Islam.
In an unusually sharp tone the Catholic bishop from Passau, Stefan Oster, accused Muslims of failure. Oster was referring to the worldwide terror attacks in the name of Islam. According to Oster, after attacks like the one in Nice, a cohesive reaction from Muslims was barely detected.
“When at last will come the collective, the great unified outcry of all peaceful Muslims of the world authentically devoted to their God, that they do not want to let their religion be abused any longer in the name of terror?” Oster wrote on his webpage. And he demanded: “Finally stand up together against this insanity!”
Stefan Oster (51) is generally placed in the conservative wing of the German Bishops’ Conference. Just a short time ago he denounced the declining influence of the Catholic church in Germany in his book God without People, and he made that decline responsible for deficits within the church.
In his commentary on his website Oster warned that the religious and political leaders of Islam must band together in order to explain to the world that Islam and terrorism are not compatible. That he is missing an honest acknowledgment for peace and religious freedom, and he demanded an end to the persecution of religious minorities in Muslim-dominated countries.
Instead of Muslims, it is Christians and Western democracies who point out that there is also a peaceful Islam, one that is compatible with “basic respect of the dignity of every person, no matter what race, gender, religion, skin color, heritage and sexual orientation.”
But the less Muslims stand up against violence in the name of religion, the more they allow it happen that “daily, hourly, the suspicion is supported that Islam is a religion that wants to instill fear into the world and does not bring peace!” Oster writes. He also suspects possible motives behind the reticence that is so obvious to him: “Are they heard and seen of so little because they are afraid? Or because they are badly organized? Or is there another reason?”
Here is the link to Bishop Oster’s website, where he asks the right questions.
Boat captain Woelki [Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne] hasn’t been heard from yet since Nice and Würzburg.
|0:05||How did you experience yesterday evening? How do you classify that?|
|0:08||Yes, today came the big surprise that yesterday|
|0:14||such an attack could happen against tourists on that train to Wurzburg.|
|0:20||One is at the moment speechless that a young man 17 years old|
|0:25||has attacked people with an axe and a knife|
|0:30||and seriously injured them… what can one say to that?|
|0:34||It is an incomprehensible act. We don’t know the background;|
|0:39||we don’t know exactly what was going on with that young man.|
|0:43||What we do know is that the police then shot him dead,|
|0:48||and so now one would have to at least try to see how|
|0:53||we can clarify this horrible background.|
|0:57||I can only tell the injured and those affected,|
|1:02||that I also will pray for them, of course, and that for our part|
|1:08||we will try in every way to be there for these people,|
|1:12||who are probably traumatized.|
|1:16||But I also want to thank all of those who|
|1:20||intervened last night, who helped,|
|1:25||because it also isn’t easy for the people, the police, for the emergency care workers|
|1:30||to deal with these kinds of difficult situations.|
|1:35||And then I think we must not succumb to the danger|
|1:40||so that we now throw all foreign asylum seekers into one pot|
|1:46||and say they are all a danger to us.|
|1:50||We have to differentiate what actually led to such an attack,|
|1:54||and whether it stands within a larger context,|
|1:57||or if it was a single incident, the act of a sick person,|
|2:01||and we have to — in the treatment of those who come to us without their parents —|
|2:07||maybe increase, have to see that we can chaperone them more,|
|2:12||and to integrate them, and that we help them to overcome|
|2:16||their own trauma in that regard.