Say it ain’t so, Francis! Until today you almost had everyone convinced you’re nothing like that sour old queen Benedict XVI…
The Holy Father said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, warning that anyone who hurls insults should expect retaliation.
The Pope’s provocative statement was in reference to last week’s terror attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” he said. “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression, there are limits.”
In making his case, Francis offered a colorful hypothetical: How he would react if his aide Alberto Gasparri cursed at his mother.
“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch at Gasparri. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” [Daily News]