Judge Jeanine Pirro used her “Opening Statement” on Saturday to launch an impassioned appeal to Pope Francis to use the considerable moral power of the papacy to come to the rescue of some of the oldest Christian communities in the world – threatened with slaughter by Muslim butchers.
More in sorrow than in anger – the judge’s usual mode when excoriating the Obama administration or its minions in the IRS or Eric Holder’s Justice Department – Pirro beseeched the pope to intercede on behalf of Christians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere who are being forced from their homes simply because of their beliefs.
“I’m a Christian, I’m a Catholic,” Pirro said. “And I mean no disrespect, but it is time for the papacy and Pope Francis in particular to start protecting his Christian flock.”
Pirro contrasted the Vatican’s relative silence about the plight of Christians in the Middle East with statements by the pope – and American Catholic leaders – about the flood of illegal immigrants from Central American currently overwhelming intake facilities.
The Central American children are at least being housed and fed in the United States, Pirro said.
In the Middle East, she said:
“Everything about who we are … is being destroyed. They are taking crosses off churches and turning them into mosques with loudspeakers. Priceless relics are being destroyed or stolen.”
Clearly troubled, Pirro addressed Pope Francis.
“Your pronouncements span the globe,” she said. “Every church in the world should be repeating a strong, urgent message from the papacy, condemning the slaughter and calling on the world to stop the annihilation of the innocents …
“You can put political pressure on nations, you can provide sanctuary,” Pirro said.
“But most of all, you have the power of the pulpit. You have the power to change the world.”
Check out the “Opening Statement” here. It’s a softer side of Pirro than you’re used to seeing.
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