The Fifth Crusade against Islam

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Things are bad when even Pope Francis, known as a holy and peaceable man, is pragmatically calling for the world to act against the atrocities happening in Iraq. Things are very bad indeed when Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican’s nuncio to Iraq, recently told Vatican Radio concerning military action “This is something that had to be done, otherwise [the Islamic State] could not be stopped.”

Meanwhile, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, who is also known as the Patriarch of Babylon, is saying the U.S. military strikes have been of little or no help, adding that “There is a need of international support and a professional, well-equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse.”

Broad hints and actual calls from pontiffs and archbishops promoting military action are very rare.

In fact, such calls are virtually unprecedented in modern times. But it appears the…

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