It behooves us all to look very carefully at Pope Francis’ statement following the massacre of Jewish people in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Francis is not asking the Lord to end the all-too-frequent outbreaks of hate that are occurring all too often in our country. Look again. He is asking the Lord to help us to end this. It’s our job to combat the hatred, whether it’s on line or shouted at a rally. We need to act
As Catholics, we should seize the moment to teach our children and everyone else by our words and actions that hatred of another person for religious reasons (or any other reason, for that matter) is just plain wrong and unacceptable. If someone speaks critically of another person’s religious tradition, we should object immediately and not leave it for others to do. Silence is too often taken for tacit agreement and permission
And if anyone has any doubts of how Catholics are to regard those who follow other beliefs, here is a link to Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, proclaimed by Pope St. Paul VI in 1965. Compare the opening sentence with what is happening around us and it will tell you that 50 years ago, when Nostra Aetate was issued, people were on a better path
We need to return to that path.