Pope: ‘One Cannot Make Fun of Faith’


charlie-hebdoPope Francis said Thursday that free speech doesn’t cover insulting religion, barely a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” the pope said in Italian. “Every religion has its dignity… and I cannot make fun of it,” he continued. “In freedom of expression, there are limits, like in regard to my mom. … If he says a swear word against my mother, he’s going to get a punch in the nose.”

Francis has himself been a target of Charlie Hebdo, portrayed mockingly.

Good news, though: The pope doesn’t think anyone should be killed over it. “One cannot make war, kill in the name of one’s own religion, that is, in the name of God. To kill in the name of God is an aberration.” Read more.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. He has a point. He’s saying, look at us, we also have a laughable religion which makes no sense, but what makes it a faith is the multitudes that swear by it, so why is islam different than us???

  2. Editor!
    Why must we read articles about the pope!
    Additionally, please don’t show us the faces of these ????? so often. We rely on you for kosher news: just looking at their faces is eckling!
    Editor, please try to limit it!!

  3. In this week’s parshaa Moshe Rabainu said the same thing to Paroh. In Perek 8 posuuk 23 After makas Arov Paroh says to Moshe Rabainu bring sacrifices in Mitzraim. Moshe Rabainu gives him two answers why nothe can’t. The first one is “Lo nachon lasos kain etc. Its not proper to do this if this is disgusting to Mitzraim. The second answer was the Mitzriem will stone us.

  4. The last time I checked it was a country’s constitution that dictated its rights, not the pope. Who does he think he is to tell a country what they’re rights are? Like the church was always such tzadikim in history…

  5. Dear editor, I agree with DISAPPOINTED IN GOV. , please limit 8showing faces of ????,, we rely on you for kosher news. And we really appreciate it

  6. The Pope is entitled to his opinion. I guess it’s newsworthy because millions of people around the world respect his opinion. The Catholic church has a terrible historic record of murder in the name of religion, however, we need to look at recent history. In the 20th Century, the overwhelming majority of murders were committed in the name of the atheistic movements of nazism and communism. In the 21st Century, so far, the overwhelming majority of murders were committed in the name of the peace loving religion of Islam.

  7. “One cannot make fun of faith…”

    Perhaps the Pope feels one should not make fun of faith, but one certainly can, and people definitely do, all the time.

    Knowing one’s religion might be made fun of is part of the price of living in a society that respects free speech. While it may be uncomfortable, it’s worth it (and far less uncomfortable than the alternative).

  8. What about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster/Pastafariansim? Is that not allowed to be made fun of? Because it is quite ridiculous.