Pope Francis does not like fundamentalists. That is very clear from the La Vanguardia interview.
It’s a contradiction. Violence in the name of God does not correspond with our time. It’s something ancient. With historical perspective, one has to say that Christians, at times, have practiced it. When I think of the Thirty Years War, there was violence in the name of God. Today it is unimaginable, right? We arrive, sometimes, by way of religion to very serious, very grave contradictions. Fundamentalism, for example. The three religions, we have our fundamentalist groups, small in relation to all the rest.
“The mental structure of fundamentalists is violence in the name of God”. Hmmm, to PopeWatch that statement seems self-evidently absurd, considering the endless variety of groups tagged with the label of fundamentalists, usually by unsympathetic outsiders. PopeWatch assumes that the Pope is using Fundamentalism in its popular sense of ardent followers of any religion. It is clear that he is not referring strictly to the Protestant Fundamentalist movement started at the Niagara Bible Conferences of 1878-1897. In its popular sense, the accusation of Fundamentalism often comes across as mere sneering at people who seem to be more religious than thou. In that sense it reminds PopeWatch of this George Carlin routine:
Who among Catholics does Pope Francis consider fundamentalists? For example, would the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate be considered fundamentalist? Perhaps the old ladies who say the rosary before mass in my parish? Perhaps in regard to Christianity he just is referring to Protestant “fundamentalists” like the “violent” hymn singing group portrayed below in the movie Sergeant York (1941):
It is good that Pope Francis is tolerant, because if he was not so self-proclaimed tolerant, one might suspect that the Pope is intolerant of “fundamentalists” who he stereotypes into stick villains.