The Pope Calls a Spade a Spade — the Armenian Genocide

The Catholic Church isn’t exactly known for its willingness to embrace a truth that’s glaringly obvious to anyone willing to look — but Pope Francis I’s willingness to label the massacre of as many as 1.5m Armenians by Turkey during WWI as what it was — a genocide — is another reason to admire this Pope. Now don’t get me wrong — I’m not a Catholic and the Catholic Church as an institution is a repressive, male-dominated, anti-LGBTQIA organization, the theology of which I do not share, but I am heartened by this Pope’s willingness to push the Church (there are an estimated 1.2b Catholics in the world, according to the BBC, based on Vatican figures) in a different and more open direction.

That the Armenian Genocide occurred is consensus among serious historians. To label it as such is not to slander the Turkish government, nation or people (none of whom were alive when it occurred anyway), but merely to acknowledge an historical fact. It shouldn’t be controversial to do so, but the insidious nature of nationalism is such that the merest perceived or invented slight can become political capital.

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~ by Benji on 14 April 2015.

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