Italian bishop disagrees with Pope, sees ‘ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity’
Catholic World News – August 02, 2016
A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence.
“It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro diocese. In an interview with La Fede Quotidiana, he said that he was “confused” and even “disoriented” by the Pope’s statements. “I would expect a more firm defense of Christians,” he said. “I would like a Pope more energetic in defense of our principles and our faith.”
Bishop Gemma said that Pope Benedict XVI had made a “prophetic” critique of Islam in his address at Regensburg, which should be “read, re-read, and studied.”