Phil Lawler, "Father Rosica on Islam: 180º from reality" (CatholicCulture.org, November 16, 2015):
"Allahu akbar" was never a call to violence & destruction.
That astonishing quote comes from the Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language attaché of the Vatican press office, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.
What is “astonishing” about the statement? Simply that it is so clearly wrong, so blatantly at odds with the facts. Does Father Rosica expect his readers to forget the many times in recent years when we have heard those words, ”Allahu akbar,” invoked precisely as a celebration of violence and destruction?