Pope Francis has blamed capitalism for the rise of terrorism.
Pope Francis is known for his candid and forthright views on the modern world, being one of the most outspoken Popes the world has ever seen.
He has not shied away from tackling the big issues, and this showed when he was asked recently about the problem of terrorism in Europe and in the East.
When asked to share his view on why these attacks keep happening, he made reference to capitalist greed, saying:
“Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person.”
The rise of terrorism in the East and Europe has swept like wildfire, and no-one seems to know how to control it, because they have been unable to identify its roots.
Each time a terrorist is identified, the media are quick to jump on the profiling, labeling most of them as ‘quiet loners’ who at some point have become marginalized from society and have at some point been seduced by the promise of ultimate glory through terrorism.
Pope Francis continued:
“I ask myself how many young people that we Europeans have left devoid of ideals, who do not have work. Then they turn to drugs and alcohol or enlist in [the Islamic State, or ISIS],”
He went on to reiterate the message that most people from every religion believe, that these terrorists are just a small minority of one religion and do not represent the views of the larger group.
“If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent,” and “In almost all religions there is always a small group of fundamentalists,”