Although Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are taking steps to ending the schism between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, these efforts are hard to notice when there is a terrorist group, the Islamic State, persecuting and murdering Christians in Syria and Iraq [“Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks,” Nation & World, Nov. 30].
With so much ceaseless violence, it feels hard to search for a solution through peace. However, that is exactly what Pope Francis is attempting to do. He believes talking to Muslim leaders about facing the Islamic State would change the mind of radical terrorists, but how would these Muslim leaders impact the Islamic State? A dialogue with Muslim leaders discussing the Islamic State might not be a bad idea, but how effective could it really be?
Letting the people of Iraq and Syria know that their government does not condone such terrorism might be comforting to some people. But when these statements are just statements and are not, by anyone’s fault, capable of being performed, the question will continue to stand: Who is truly there to protect the innocent families and citizens of these countries?
Joseph Fernandes, Bothell