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Another Phony "Religion of Peace"

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 6, 2017

In November, Pope Francis, for some reason, will be visiting Myanmar, along with Bangladesh, two countries with tiny (less than one percent) Christian minorities. One might suppose that the visit to Myanmar was prompted by the persecution of Christians in the north and east of that country, where, as Sandro Magister reports, “There is no counting the number of churches that have been destroyed… the villages put to fire and sword, the tens of thousands of people forced to flee.”

Instead, however, in partially improvised remarks that were not part of his official address concerning the trip, Francis decried the persecution of the Muslims of Myanmar, referring to them with the loaded term “Rohingya:”

“Sad news has come about the persecution of a religious minority, our Rohingya brothers. I would like to express all my nearness to them. And let us all ask the Lord to save them and to raise up men and women of good will in their aid, who will give them their full rights. Let us pray for our Rohingya brothers.”

To call the Muslims in question “Rohingya” is a diplomatic gaffe, as Magister notes, because it would appear to suggest that they are a recognized ethnic subgroup of Myanmar’s population, when in fact the government (rightly or wrongly) considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. That they are persecuted is beyond doubt. But it is also beyond doubt that the tiny Catholic population of Myanmar, which received no mention in the Pope’s address, are the victims of even worse persecution.

On that score, Magister quotes Fr. Mariano Soe Naing, spokesman of the episcopal conference of Myanmar: “If we had to take the Holy Father to the people who suffer most among us, we would take him to the refugee camps of the [predominantly Catholic] Kachin, where many victims of the civil war have been displaced from their homes.”

Who is persecuting Muslims and Christians alike in Myanmar? None other than the Buddhists, whose man-made religion — like Islam — has benefitted from a popular misconception, fostered by both the media and Church leaders, that it is a “religion of peace.” Far from it.  As Magister reports concerning the news from Myanmar:

“News is filtering out of forced conversions to Buddhism, even at a young age, in schools intended to turn the students of other faiths into little monks with shaved heads and saffron robes. It is illegal to bring Bibles and religious books into the country. Non-Buddhists are precluded from any career in the state administration.

“The overwhelming majority of the population of Myanmar is, in fact, of the Buddhist faith. And Buddhist monks are at the head of the organizations most intolerant toward the minorities of other faiths, with the full support of the military.

“The exact opposite, that is, of the legend that universally accompanies Buddhism, which is almost always depicted as nothing but peace, compassion, wisdom, brotherhood.”

When will the leadership of the Catholic Church remember that the only religion of peace on this earth is the one true religion founded by the Prince of Peace Himself? To recall the words of Pope Pius XI, which have been consigned to the post-Vatican II memory hole for the sake of worse-than-useless “interreligious dialogue”: “as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

The myth of “religions of peace” other than the one true religion has, with exquisite irony, only contributed to the rising cycle of violence in the world, as even the leadership of the Church has blinded itself to the reality that religions invented by men can lead only to conflict among men, no matter what good elements they are thought to contain. For as Pius XI also declared,  not long before the fog of the post-Vatican II epoch descended upon the Church, peace among men is attainable only on the basis of the “ideals and doctrines of Jesus Christ,” including “the necessity and value of the spiritual life… the dignity and sanctity of human life, on the duty of obedience, on the divine basis of human government, on the sacramental character of matrimony and by consequence the sanctity of family life,” which “were confided by Him to His Church and to her alone for safekeeping…”

That truth about the one true religion is the very reason Our Lady of Fatima was sent on a mission by God Himself to call for the Consecration of Russia, the conversion of that nation, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a period of peace in the world: the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.