Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, the
Catholic archbishop of Paris. (AP)
A Catholic cardinal said the god invoked by radical Islamists is like the pagan god Moloch that demanded human sacrifice, during his homily at a memorial Mass on July 27 for Fr. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest whose throat was slit by Islamic terrorists at a church in Normandy, France on July 26.
“Those who wrap themselves in the trappings of religion to mask their deadly project, those who want to announce to us a God of death, a Moloch that would rejoice at the death of a man and promise paradise to those who kill while invoking him, these cannot expect humanity to yield to their delusion,” said Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, during the Memorial Mass in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame last Wednesday evening.
Moloch is the name of an ancient pagan deity known for demanding human sacrifices.
However, Cardinal Vingt-Trois encouraged Christians to have the hope of Christ.
“It is this hope, at the heart of the test, which forever bars the path of despair, of vengeance, and of death,” said the archbishop, according to CatholicCulture.org.
“It is this hope that animated the ministry of Father Jacques Hamel when he celebrated the Eucharist during which he was savagely executed,” said the archbishop. “It is this hope which supports the Christians from the East when they must flee before persecution, and they choose to leave everything rather than renounce their faith.”
Rev. Jacques Hamel, who was
murdered by radical Islamists on
July 26, 2016 in Normandy, France.
“It is this hope that lives in the heart of hundreds of thousands of young people gathered around Pope Francis in Krakow,” he said. “It is this same hope which permits us not to succumb to hate when we are taken by torment.”
French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls reportedly attended the memorial Mass.
The official funeral Mass and burial of Fr. Hamel took place on Tuesday, July 26, in his own diocese of Rouen.