Islam and the Church

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

 

 

As faithful readers of this blog know, I am not a fan of the Jesuits in their contemporary incarnation.  However, their are Jesuits alive today who bear the stamp of Saint Ignatius Loyola and who serve the Church well.  One is Egyptian Jesuit Henri Boulad who Edward Pentin interviews at the National Catholic Register.  In that interview Father Boulad quotes from a letter he sent the Pope:

“It seems to me that — on the pretext of openness, tolerance and Christian charity — the Catholic Church has fallen into the trap of the liberal left ideology which is destroying the West. Anything that does not espouse this ideology is immediately stigmatized in the name of “political correctness”. Many think that a certain number of your positions are aligned with this ideology and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions and compromises in compromises at the expense of the truth.”

“The West is in an ethical and moral debacle, both religious and spiritual. And it is not by relativizing the painful reality that these societies will be helped to emerge from their disarray. By defending at all costs Islam and seeking to exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name, one ends up betraying the truth.”

“Jesus said to us, ‘the Truth will set you free.’ It is because he refused any compromise on this point that he knew the fate which was his. Following him, countless Christians preferred martyrdom to compromise, as is the case in Egypt and elsewhere to this day.”

“In the extreme fragility of Christians — both in the West and in the East — they are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality. Your predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had the courage to take a clear and unambiguous position. His attitude has raised a lot of shields and earned him many enemies. But is not a frank confrontation healthier than a dialogue based on compromise? When the Jewish hierarchs asked the apostles to stop announcing the Gospel, they replied: “As for us, we cannot not proclaim what we have seen and heard …” (Acts 4:20).

“It is high time to emerge from a shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism that attacks the West and the rest of the world. A systematically conciliatory attitude is interpreted by the majority of Muslims as a sign of fear and weakness. If Jesus said to us: Blessed are the peacemakers, he did not say to us: Blessed are the pacifists. Peace is peace at any cost, at any price. Such an attitude is a pure and simple betrayal of truth.”

 

 

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8 Responses to Islam and the Church

  • TV’s highly popular “zombie” extravaganzas are there for a reason. It’s coming. Sell your mantle and buy guns and ammunition, and be prepared to effectively use them.

    The Church’s caving in to (switching sides to?) the socialists, secularists, and hedonists didn’t help matters.

    Bingo! The most-dangerous enemies of God and the American way of life are the liberal elites (including the hierarchy) , democrats and chamber of commerce RINO’s. They control public indoctrination/education, the academy and the lying media and use them to propagandize their traitorous filth. Their secular humanism, which they both promote and defend, with PC speech codes and censorship of any dissenting views are killing the West.

    Abortion, artificial contraception, etc. are offspring of elitist denial of responsibility, hedonism and materialism. it seems the next stage in this long march(?) is promoting sterile gay and transgender privileges – and if one objects, one is a fascist that should be shot, e.g., Rep. Scalise.

    The most destructive results are zero and negative population growth. Islam promotes population explosions.

  • Excellent article.
    Thank you.

  • TShaw, I would add the educrats, Hollywood and those who financially support the homosexualist movement. There are a lot more pro lifers than homosexualists but the Homosexualists got their own way while the pro life movement is still fighting abortion.

    Hollywood is a purveyor of garbage. Even just thirty years ago or so, there were movies with Chuck Norris and Schwarzenegger beating the snot out of the bad guys, be they Communists or Muslim terrorists. No more.

  • “It seems to me that — on the pretext of openness, tolerance and Christian charity — the Catholic Church has fallen into the trap of the liberal left ideology which is destroying the West. ”

    Absolutely true! While Pope Francis is certainly accelerating this decline, it was well underway long prior to his ascent to the Chair of Peter. Just look at the positions staked out by even our “orthodox” bishops here in this country on the refugee and immigration issue overall. It is not only indistinguishable from that of the worst elements of the left, they engage in the same kind of smear tactics secular leftists do in demonizing those who dare take issue with their positions. And American bishops are considered the most “conservative” in the west.

  • Excellent, especially from a modern Jesuit. We need to hear more from the very clear thinking Father Boulad. From the Pope we get a “shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism”. Pope Francis is a menace to the Catholic Church, the World and himself–but a friend of the the devil.

    “It is high time to emerge from a shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism that attacks the West and the rest of the world. A systematically conciliatory attitude is interpreted by the majority of Muslims as a sign of fear and weakness. If Jesus said to us: Blessed are the peacemakers, he did not say to us: Blessed are the pacifists. Peace is peace at any cost, at any price. Such an attitude is a pure and simple betrayal of truth.”

  • T Shaw wrote, “Islam promotes population explosions.”

    Rather unsuccessfully.

    Of the Muslim majority countries in Europe, Bosnia & Herzegovina has one of the lowest Total Fertility Rates in the world at 1.28 per woman (the replacement level is 2.1). Albania’s is 1.51 and Turkey, at 2.03 is just below replacement.

    Outside Europe, Iran has a Total Fertility Rate of 1.71. Azerbaijan (1.90) Turkmenistan (2.08) and Uzbekistan (1.78) are all below replacement.

    In the Maghreb, Tunisia has a TFR below replacement at 1.98, as does Libya (2.04). Morocco at 2.2 is just above it and Algeria’s 2.74 is well above replacement, but down from over 5 in the 1960s

    Iwlam may promote population explosions but, apparently, Muslim women are not listening.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour, Alleluia!

  • Great article! Thanks for sharing it. Father Henri Boulad is well spoken. I feel the world needs a Marian moment. To much killing. I pray for peace.