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Catholics Killed at Mass in Iraq: Extremist Muslims invade Church, Murder Priests Comments

One report concerning the state of the Church after the security forces stormed in to attempt to rescue the Christians is particularly horrifying. It came from a police officer, "It's a horrible scene. More than 50 people were killed. The suicide vests were filled with ball bearings to kill as many people as possible. You can see human flesh everywhere. Flesh was stuck to the top roof of the hall. Many people went to the hospitals without legs ... Continue Reading

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  1. Rachel
    4 years ago

    It saddens me how ill-informed and misguided some of the comments in response to this article are. We should be praying for the victims and their families, and standing up to such violence--while remembering that these extremists and their actions are in no way indicative of the opinions of all Muslims. Islam is a peaceful religion when it is practiced the way that it should be practiced--and perhaps if more of the Catholics on here would open their minds and learn about other faiths such as Islam, they would realize that. It is not Islam itself that creates a culture of violence, but rather the degree of fundamentalism with which this small percentage of Muslims practice their faith.

    Should we not already know this, as Catholics? Our holy leaders discourage extreme fundamental readings of the Bible, and yet we know that there are Christians who use Jesus Christ as a way to attack others just as there are Muslims who use Allah as a way to attack others. But are we defined on the basis of extremist Christians? No. So why should we define all Muslims on the basis of those in their faith who are extremist?

    It's a double standard, and a deadly one. Remember that Jesus Christ preached Love. To evoke hatred for those who don't deserve it is going against His Word.

  2. Justin
    4 years ago

    From the looks of things there is an awakening happening in the West as to the true nature of Islam. Many of us are no longer fooled by the media coverups and the lies that Islam is simply a "religion of peace." Muslims and Christians do not belong together and should remain segregated. I'd rather wear the easy yoke of Christ than the be under the cruel sword of Mohammed. It isn't too late folks but we have to get serious and drop the politically correct "peace at any price" follishness. These folks died as martyrs for Christ and His Church. We should ask them to pray for us to wake up and get real before we find ourselves slaves.

  3. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    Ah, yes, again we have it. The world according to John Grimes. All else are blind. Let us lay it all at the feet of "American aggression." Let us forget what life was like for all others in Iraq under Sadaam Hussein. Remember this; assassinations, the sudden disappearances in the middle of the night, secret police, chemical weapons, torture chambers, deportations, Sarin and mustard gas employment against the Kurds, wholesale massacres, mass graves, torture of foreign journalists, reprisals against Shia muslims, destruction of food sources for those who opposed him. Yep, a true blessing, this "secular" leader. Yep, nobody else condemned him but America. Except maybe, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty Int'l, and the European Union Commission for Human Rights. Yep, that "reality" was better left alone, right, John?

  4. Albert Mendonca
    4 years ago

    Of course the christians should NO longer live there and look to move out.

  5. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    So, Bulbajer, the people were dancing in the streets of Latin America 'cause they hate America. Guess that's why those same Latin Americans flock to this country in the millions as illegal immigrants, huh? Again, you try to confuse the issue with your mindless musings. Who entered Our Lady of Salvation in Bagdad to kill the priest celebrating Mass? Muslims. They did so because they were confident that the Muslim world would back them. That is the problem. Until Muslim clerics, until Islam as a religion repudiates "jihad" these kinds of "terrible" acts will continue, even proliferate. As far as what America may or may have not done, I'll take America any day of the week. Perhaps you'd like to live elsewhere to lob your whimsy grenades?

  6. osbert
    4 years ago

    The war between truth and illusion is an endless one.But what does a man stand to gain from a believe that does not protect him.Those who kill do it because they are insecure and lack confidence.However,we must step up our trust in God to give us a way out.The blood of those killed and our injured hearts will keep crying to God until He shows us the way out.WE PRAY AND BELIEVE THAT ALL MEN SHALL COME TO LOVE THEIR FELLOW MEN.

  7. andrew
    4 years ago

    Peace loving hypocrites who call Jesus the greatest prophet and Mother Mary the most respected woman. When people are brainwashed completely, they lose their identity as human beings. Sad.

  8. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    Pete Brady, I think the dancing in the streets after 9/11 had more to do with anti-American hatred than Islamic extremis, believe it or not. There were people in Latin America who celebrated too; Latin America and the Middle East are two areas where U.S. foreign policy was especially aggressive in the 20th century. Our government did a lot of terrible things, supposedly in the name of anti-communism. I'm not saying that justifies hatred and killing, though.

  9. John Grimes
    4 years ago

    Joey Maxim: Notice how your first-hand knowledge of the current reality in Iraq goes totally unnoticed by many who post at this site. They are interested in this news item only because they think it somehow strengthens their own right-wing political position, not because this atrocity is directly attributable to a decision for aggressive war many of them in fact supported in 2003. They cannot see that American aggression, a policy adopted against the advice of most of the rest of the civilized world, has allowed untold evils to befall Iraqi Christians and those in other Muslim lands. As an old Spanish adage has it, there is no man more blind than he who doesn't wish to see.

  10. Jo
    4 years ago

    If there were Shi'ite Muslims massacred in the same way as the Catholics were, there would be screaming headlines - are we Roman Catholics worth jack squat? As far as the media is concerned, it looks like it. Christians are suffering in silence around the world and nobody is reporting it for the media! What a wasted opportunity. Aid To The Church In Need is one charity the Holy Father holds close to his heart and, instead of getting angry, we need to help them out with our Widow's Mite to support our oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ!

    I also think one of the reasons why President Obama is quaking in his boots over the mid-term elections is not merely because he has failed to kick start the US economy. He has taken too much notice of the empty vessels and nodding dogs that have surrounded him for so long massaging his ego. He has also failed - miserably - to read the American people on the ground and respect those values that has made America great... hence the Tea Party and an invigorated Republican Party.

    He has flown in the face of Jewish and Christian faith - especially the Roman Catholic faith - on many issues.

    If Obama was as hell bent on getting the economy back on track instead of obsessing about abortion, contraception and same-sex marriages then he'd be better off... and so would the American people.

    Eternal Rest, grant unto those Iraqui souls, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

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