Fox News is reporting:
"When asked why he didn't describe the priest's murder (Father Jacques Hamel) and other attacks as Islamic terrorism, Francis replied he won't do that because 'it's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true.'
'I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group.'
'I don't like to talk of Islamic violence because every day, when I go through the newspapers, I see violence, this man who girls his girlfriend, another who kills his mother-in-law,' Francis said, in apparent reference to crime news in predominantly Catholic Italy. 'And these are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence.'"
What Francis fails to mention, dishonest individual that he is, is that Catholics who engage in acts of violence are not doing so in the name of the Church or by appealing to a "holy book" which advocates killing "infidels" - non-believers.
In his book entitled Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, Pope Benedict XVI made a few observations which refute Francis. The Holy Father wrote, "To what extent the new surge forward of the Islamic world is fuelled by truly religious forces is..open to question. In many places, as we can see, there is the danger of a pathological development of the autonomy of feeling.." (p. 104).
On page 204 of the same book, Pope Benedict XVI writes, "...even with Islam, with all the greatness it represents, is always in danger of losing balance, letting violence have a place and letting religion slide away into mere outward observance and ritualism."
One cannot say this about Catholicism. Unless one is Francis. Only he compares a man killing his girlfriend with Jihadists crying Allahu akbar while using the Koran as justification for flying planes into skyscrapers, beheading Catholic Priests, blowing up children or running them over with a truck.
For this sick mind, there is something called "Catholic violence." This is a lie. And Francis is a liar.
There is absolutely no doubt that the human history of the Church, like all of human history, has its dark pages. But if anyone cares to take an objective look at this history, one must quickly acknowledge that the doctrine of the Church has always implicitly condemned abuses introduced by Her members.
In the words of Dr. Dietrich Von Hildebrand, "There were sinners in the Church yesterday and there are sinners in the Church today. But the Church Herself, in her divine teaching, emerges gloriously unspotted in a history stained by human weaknesses, errors, imperfections, and sins." In the words of the great Cardinal Journet:
"All contradictions are eliminated as soon as we understand that the members of the Church do indeed sin, but they do so by their betraying the Church. The Church is thus not without sinners, but She is without sin. The Church as person is responsible for penance. She is not responsible for sins....The members of the Church themselves - laity, clerics, priests, Bishops, and Popes - who disobey the Church are responsible for their sins, but the Church as person is not responsible...It is forgotten that the Church as person is the Bride of Christ, 'Whom He has purchased with His own blood.'" (Acts 20:28).
There is no such thing as "Catholic violence." Those Catholics who commit murder are self-condemned and are betraying the Church and her teaching.
But with Islam, it is different. Islam advocates violence. See here.