Cardinal Dolan: ISIS Is a Lot like the IRA

‘The IRA claimed to be Catholic ... what they were doing was a perversion of everything the Church stood for’

DOLAN: “They claim to be Muslims, even the majority of temperate peace-loving Muslims would say I am afraid they have a particular strand, erroneous Islam. But I do think they are. You know the parallel I've drawn, Chris. And I -- enough people have been kind enough to tell me that they think the analogy is accurate. Remember 30, 35, 40 years ago with the IRA in Ireland?” 
CUOMO: “Sure.” 
DOLAN: “The IRA claimed to be Catholic.” 
CUOMO: “Right.”
DOLAN: “OK. They were baptized. They had a Catholic identity. What they were doing was a perversion of everything the church stood for, and to their immense credit, the bishops of Ireland, every time the IRA blew up a car or a house or barracks in the British army, the Irish bishops say they are not Catholic.” 
CUOMO: “You're calling for the same thing now?“
DOLAN: “The analogy, I think, is somewhat accurate. These are not pure, these are not real Muslims. Now what we need and what Pope Francis has led the world in saying, is we need the temperate moderate genuine forces of Islam to rise up and say this -- they do not represent us. Now, that's beginning to happen. God can bring good out of evil.” 
 

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