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Graffiti on a church is a good thing? The Pat Robertson School of Theodicy gets deconstructed in the wake of the Oklahoma tornadoes, and Pope Francis has some stern words for believers who don't see the good in others. “To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. Laurence Charles Ringo

    Yeah…No.Sorry,but given the Roman Catholic Church long,egregious history of”killing in the Name of God”-Deus Volt!-I’m sooo NOT impressed with the new pope’s comments. Are you kidding me??!

    • So you agree with the new pope’s sentiment, but because you are anti-Catholic church no matter what, boo?

  2. Perhaps the far-right French historian who killed himself at Notre Dame was suffering from dementia?

  3. What Catholic tradition was Venner upholding? The French Catholic church, especially in the south of France, has always had a large number of Fascist sympathizers.

    The general assumption in the Catholic church now is that the suicide was in a deranged state. So a Catholic funeral in consecrated ground is almost always allowed. The blasphemy of killing himself on an altar would be sufficient to assume a deranged state. The rest is up to God to sort out.

    Surely the church hierarchy will feel some responsibility for – if you’ll pardon me – this drama queen act. They encouraged this type of hysteria.

  4. Pope Francis: “That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.” I pray that this will be the new direction of the Roman Church. There is much work to do, to convince Catholics that violence is not a solution to anything. Catholics can not participate in the blasphemy of war or any kind of violence. . God bless you, Pope Francis!!!

  5. David Thompson

    It’s hard to read this article and see any credibility in faith. It just seems like a worn-out siren that whines on day and night. If this is what we have to work with today, The Dark Ages but have been an idyllic time.

  6. The Catholic Church, The Pope, must have forgotten, disassociated memories.
    The Witch Hunts
    The sexually abused by priest who commit suicide
    I suggest the Pope consider making a Papal Rule that no
    Catholic male be allowed to serve in the military and that
    all who are currently enlisted be set free.

  7. David Gibson

    David Gibson

    Article author

    You are doing great stuff, Joanne. I’ll keep checking in. Cheers!

  8. Only one link to a story about a mainline Protestant Church? Do we not have our fair share of wierd people and events?