Pope Francis on Blowback: "If My Good Friend Insults My Mother, He'll Get Punched For It! This Is Normal!"
By Martin Hill
January 21, 2015


During a Q&A on a Papal Flight to Manila Philippines on Thursday, January 15, 2015, Pope Francis was asked about freedom of speech and showing respect to various religions. He replied that if someone "insults my mother, he'll get punched for it! This is normal! It is normal. We cannot provoke others, we cannot insult their faith, we cannot mock their faith."


Sebastien Maillard for the French journalists.
(Sebastien Maillard)

Holy Father, during Mass yesterday morning you spoke of religious freedom as a fundamental human right. But in showing respect for the various religions, how far can freedom of expression go, [that freedom of expression] which is itself a fundamental human right?

(Pope Francis): Thank you for the question, which is an intelligent one. I believe that freedom of religion and freedom of speech are both fundamental human rights. One can not� we think� You are French, so let's go to Paris! Let's be frank. There is a truth that we cannot overlook, namely, that everyone has the right to practice his or her religion freely, without offending others. That is what we do, what we all want to do. Second, we cannot offend others, make war or kill in the name of one's own religion, that is, in God's name. What is happening now makes us a little� it astounds us. But we always think of our history: how many wars of religion have we had! You may think of the Saint Bartholomew's day massacre� How do we make sense of this? We too have sinned in this regard. But we cannot kill in God's name. This is an aberration. To kill in the name of God is an aberration. I believe that this is the most important thing about religious freedom: to exercise it in freedom, without offending, but also without imposing it or killing for it.

Freedom of expression. Everyone not only has the freedom, the right, but also the obligation, to say what they think in order to promote the common good. The obligation. Think of a elected official, a senator: unless they say what they think is right, they are not working for the common good. Not only these people, but so many others. We have the obligation to speak openly, to enjoy this freedom, but without offending others. It is true one cannot respond violently, but if my good friend Dr Gasbarri here insults my mother, he'll get punched for it! This is normal! It is normal. We cannot provoke others, we cannot insult their faith, we cannot mock their faith. In one of his speeches, I don't recall where, Pope Benedict spoke of this post-positivistic mentality, post-positivistic metaphysics, which ultimately led to the idea that religions or expressions of religion are a sort of subculture which are tolerated but insignificant; they are not part of our enlightened culture. This is one legacy of the Enlightenment. All those people who belittle religions, who mock them, who "toy with" other people's religion, they antagonize others and what happens to Dr Gasbarri if he says something against my mother can happen to them. There is a limit. Every religion has dignity, every religion which respects human life, the human person. I cannot mock it. This is a limit. I used this example of the limit, in order to say that in freedom of expression there are limits like those regarding my mother. I don't know if it succeeded in responding to your question. Thank you.

Secular pundits worldwide, meanwhile, are calling for more provocation and an increase in blasphemy to purposefully offend others. Catholic Bishops, however, are calling for dialogue with Muslims and to "promote the good things found in other religions".

The Pontiff was also asked about "American and Israeli secret services" warnings of "Islamic terrorists and said he was "not bothered" by it.

The Vatican link is here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2015/january/documents/papa-francesco_20150115_srilanka-filippine-incontro-giornalisti.html.


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