A very hard hitting open letter to the holy father from a passionate Italian. A free translation from the Italian blog messa in latino.
"We need a Pope ready for martyrdom." Open Letter to Pope Francis (De Mari)
Without our commentary. There is no need. (Our italics and underscores).
Letter to Francis Pope:
we need a Pope ready for martyrdom to save the persecuted Christians in the world, and not dedicated to the pursuit of popularity even among football fans
by Silvana De Mari , from IoAmol'Italia of 14/08/2013
Dearest Papa Francesco,
I address you in a way so familiar because now I realize how much you love being an ordinary person, without frills, without gold and without ermine, an ordinary person, like many others.
An ordinary person who like many watch football.
An ordinary person who like many in an airplane chat amiably.
A common person like many others. We need a Pope . Forgive me, dear Papa Francesco, is not even to call your Holiness, I believe you to be a delightful person, the ideal neighbor, but we need a Pope. They kill Christians as dogs. Holiness, between a football game and a kiss of a disabled child and the other, could you do something a little 'more in hue with your role ? Only in the last hours 10 churches have been burned in Egypt. Could you do something? Perhaps get on your trappings, the gold and ermine, which are not junk Holiness, but are symbols of 2000 years of history and with that stuff on go to Egypt instead of watching football? It's only Balotelli who want so much to talk to you, there are also the parish priests of the Catholic churches in Nigeria that would have something to tell you, I mean those who survived, those already dead have nothing to say. At a time when Christianity is under attack as never before, we need Holiness a Pope. We need someone to appoint as the first problem the Christians massacred in Nigeria and Christians massacred in Pakistan during an Easter homily, because the dead were men, and why Holiness they were killed and with them freedom to human dignity. Holiness, I would not want to teach you the way to do so, I understand that you are a professional when it comes to Christianity and I a fledgling amateur, but sometimes it happens that amateurs are shinier in judgment. Noah's Ark, for example, was built and run by amateurs, the Titanic built guided by professionals. I do not want to jinx it with the comparison, but Christianity gives me the impression of the Titanic. the iceberg is called Islam , you say it's so good and spiritual, if you say that as an expert, it will be so, but, I insist, he was also an expert, one of the best, who was the captain of the Titanic. He who was an amateur, however, was St. Peter, for half his life he'd been a fisherman, zero theological studies, a duckling compared to you. St. Peter said to the Romans that they, as human beings, of course, were brothers, sons of the same God, but that their religion was false. His task was to convert them or die in the attempt of converting them to the one true faith, not finding merits in a false faith so that those who are born into it never leave it. St Peter died in the attempt, but eventually converted them. should not this be your role? Convert to Christianity. Or die in the attempt . On the island of Lampedusa you need had to utter a single sentence I bring the love of God. Throughout the Koran the word love is not mentioned once. It would have sufficed. On Lampedusa you bowed in front of the "spirituality" of Ramadan, you bowed to Islam, and you represent Christ. He Who represents Christ does not bow before anyone . I am the way , the Truth and the Life. I am the Life, the Truth and the Way, but no matter what efforts to evangelize, even to proselytize, because it appears so much all religions are equal, Your Holiness, in my Gospel it does not say this. Or your's is a different one, or there is an excess of professionalism that is crushing. St. Peter to the Romans had said that they, of course, were brothers, but that their religion was false. He was killed because of saying this. Holiness people die. People are murdered. People die a horrible death. You goe to watch football. We need a Pope . Someone who is the heir of Jesus Christ and St. Peter, someone who is willing to be hated . Because it's all here. Jesus Christ was killed by people who hated him. St. Peter was killed by people who hated him. Anyone Who is fighting for a cause, will be hated. Martin Luther King and Gandhi were so hated that they killed them. Unarmed prophets certainly not tolerant leaders. Whoever tolerates everything the opposite of everything with the usual happy face is a conniving. We cannot be loved by all, if we stand for something. If I remember correctly it is also written in the Gospels. Do not be afraid to be hated. Your predecessor was hated a lot. Also sentenced to death by a fatwa after his Regensburg speech, Osama Bin Laden had decreed his death. You are loved by all, Your Holiness. You sure that's an advantage? I think the time has come to be hated. Put on all your trappings, which are not trash but symbols of 2,000 years of history, give the weight of those 2000 years, and go to Cairo, and fight for Coptic Christians, and weep over their churches burned and then go to Syria and later in Pakistan. Then, if you have time, you can also go to the game but I do not think that the time will allow for it. It is the darkest moment of Christianity since the beginning of time. We need a Pope .