Apparently if we’re all “children of the same God,” we’re racist, bigoted and Islamophobic to be concerned about jihad terror committed by Muslim migrants, and certainly have placed ourselves beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, which apparently would prefer the West to commit suicide rather than defend itself.
The Pope has washed the feet of Muslims before. What does he mean by it? If he means simply to imitate Christ’s action of extreme humility at the Last Supper, and to demonstrate that no one is beyond the pale of God’s mercy, no Christian could object to that. However, coming at a time when Muslim persecution of Christians is escalating worldwide, and when there is very serious concern about the Catholic Church’s apparent determination to accommodate Islamic supremacism at all costs, and not speak up for the persecuted Christians, this foot-washing can unfortunately be interpreted as meaning that the Church is surrendering and bowing down to its new Islamic overlords. As Christians in the Middle East are being slaughtered on a massive scale by Muslims, this looks more like surrender and submission than charity.
If the Pope really meant by washing these Muslims’ feet that Catholics and Christians in general should not defend themselves and their loved ones and their homelands against the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, then his gesture is not only lamentable, but in contradiction to centuries of Church teaching about the right and even the duty of defending oneself. It is also worth noting, if any of the Muslims whose feet he washed were women, that if the Pope had dared to touch and kiss a Muslim woman’s feet in Saudi Arabia or Iran, he would have been immediately killed.
Above all, his act of humility would not have been received in the spirit in which it was intended. Among all too many Muslims worldwide it will be seen as his, and the Church’s weakness. Nor will it be reciprocated by any Muslim authority, in any way, shape or form.
As for being “children of the same God,” what would Pope Francis make of these Qur’an verses, were he to know about them (as he almost certainly does not):
Christians have forgotten part of the divine revelations they received: “From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done.” — Qur’an 5:14
Jesus is not the Son of God: “O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.” — Qur’an 4:171