Pope Francis Ties Rise in Antisemitism to Growth of Populism

Breitbart | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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ROME — Pope Francis said Monday selfishness leads to populism, which in turn gives rise to antisemitism.

Addressing a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the Vatican, the pontiff offered a systematic, “connect-the-dots” thought experiment tying selfishness to anger, anger to populism, populism to hatred, and hatred to antisemitism.

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“The rise of a selfish indifference in many parts of the world is worrisome, by which people are only interested in what makes them comfortable: life is good if it is good for me and when something goes wrong, it unleashes anger and malice,” the pope began.

“This is the fertile ground for the particularisms and populisms that we see around us. Hatred is growing rapidly in this soil. Hatred. Sow hatred,” he continued.

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“Once again we have witnessed the barbaric upsurge of antisemitism recently,” he concluded.

The pope’s analysis of the root causes of antisemitism came just a day after the Italy’s most popular politician, Matteo Salvini, offered a completely different — and less politically correct — answer to the same question.

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In an interview with Israel Hayom Sunday, Salvini said the recent surge in antisemitism in Europe is primarily due to the mass immigration of Muslims on the continent.

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