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Charlie Hebdo: Mgr. Lalanne (French Bishops), “senseless and dangerous provocation”

“Silence is the best answer to a senseless, violent and dangerous provocation”. In an interview with SIR this morning, Mgr. Stanislas Lalanne explained the “position” of the French Bishops who preferred to ignore the provocation published on the front cover of Charlie Hebdo yesterday, one year after the appalling terrorist attacks. On 7 January 2015, two armed men attacked the headquarters of the satirical magazine in Paris killing 12 people. One year after the attack, the front cover of this week’s edition of the satirical newspaper shows a God armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and the title: “L’assassin court toujours” (“The assassin is still at large”). For many years, the Bishop of Pontoise (in the Paris region) has been spokesperson for the French Bishops’ Conference (CEF) and is now a member of the Standing Committee of the CEF. Yesterday national TV channels, radios and newspapers asked him to comment on the front cover of Charlie Hebdo, but the bishop said: “I refuse to comment”. “The best answer to provocation is silence”, he said. “Charlie Hebdo only seeks to provoke reactions”, the bishop observed, adding that he fully agrees with the words of Guillaume Goubert, director of the daily “La Croix”, who wrote in the daily: “God does not kill, it is men and women who kill”. “However, God needs men and women to do good, and many people do it”.

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