by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 22, 2016
Readers may recall that Francis recently had a tête-à-tête at the Vatican with the “moderate” Muslim Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, the “Grand Imam” of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and perhaps the world’s most authoritative scholar of Sunni Islam who at one time served as no less than the “Grand Mufti” of Egypt.
I remember thinking at the time “Moderate my foot!” I would have wagered that old Ahmed could be found to have called for death to infidels in one of his writings or speeches, as this would only be in keeping with Egypt’s “moderate” Islamic legal code and that of other “moderate” Islamic states. But I let the matter go, as no one can keep up with all the events in the Bergoglian circus.
Someone has done the work for us, however. Raymond Ibrahim, born of Coptic Christian parents in Egypt, an authority on Islam, and fluent in both English and Arabic, has revealed the following on his website:
Last week on his daily televised show running throughout Ramadan, Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb — who was recently invited to the Vatican and warmly embraced by Pope Francis and is described in Western media as a “moderate” — said that “Contemporary apostasy presents itself in the guise of crimes, assaults, and grand treason, so we deal with it now as a crime that must be opposed and punished.”
While his main point was that those who do not follow Islam are prone to being criminals, he especially emphasized those whose apostasy is apparent as being a “great danger to Islamic society. And that’s because his apostasy is a result of his hatred for Islam and a reflection of his opposition to it. In my opinion, this is grand treason.”
Sheikh al-Tayeb added what all Muslims know: “Those learned in Islam [al-fuqaha] and the imams of the four schools of jurisprudence consider apostasy a crime and agree that the apostate must either renounce his apostasy or else be killed.”
Finally, for good measure, he cited a hadith, or tradition, of Islam’s prophet permitting the killing of fellow Muslims under three circumstances: adultery, murder, and apostasy.
The anti-radical Islam website Mahound’s Paradise notes that the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies demanded that el-Tayeb retract his statements, but received no response. The Institute further notes a fact of which Francis, in the exercise of reasonable prudence regarding “moderate” Muslims, should have been aware: that the university of which al-Tayeb is Grand Imam “adopts two contradictory speeches: one is open and directed externally, while the other supports violent extremism, and is directed internally.”
The author of Mahound’s Paradise surmises that “the Pope has no idea what el-Tayeb really believes or more to the point, doesn’t really care.” I opt for the later alternative, as it would explain a lot, including the Bergoglian demand to allow a veritable Islamic invasion of Europe and his curiously muted reaction to the ongoing genocide of Christians at Muslim hands throughout the world today.
Then there is Francis’ quite incredible declaration that “I don’t like it when [some] speak of a Christian genocide in the Middle East: It’s a reductionism.” For Heaven’s sake, even the United States government calls it genocide!
Is Francis a willing dupe of radical Islam? Would you bet any substantial sum of money that he isn’t?
How far the human element of the Church has fallen from the days when a captured Muslim woman named Fátima converted to the Faith during the reconquest of Portugal and its liberation from the tyranny of Islam, married her own captor, who had fallen in love with her, and became the Princess Oureana (her Christian name). It is for her that the village of Fatima is named.
Today, however, the Pope himself kowtows to Imams and Muftis as Islam resurges in Europe to the applause of the Vatican, whose representatives attended the opening of the first mosque in Rome back in 1989.
It would appear that only direct divine intervention can bring an end to this madness. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Those of us who live in Europe, especially those of us who live in Germany, know very well – certainly after three terrorist attacks in this country in just two weeks – that the “veritable Islamic invasion of Europe” is not exactly “veritable” anymore. It. Is. Here.
And this pope? Dear God, how long must we be punished with the wreckage that this pontificate is making of the Church? And perhaps the world as well?
On May 11, 2010, Benedict XVI spoke of the “need for the passion of the Church which naturally is reflected in the person of the Pope,” and, therefore, he announced sufferings for the Church, specifying that such suffering would have originated not from external enemies, but from within the same Church.
“And this pope? Dear God, how long must we be punished with the wreckage that this pontificate is making of the Church? And perhaps the world as well?”
As a Church we seem to have it coming. Within the Church there are few who subscribe to the Catholic faith these days and even fewer in the clergy. There are many progressives who essentially reject most if not all Catholic doctrine. Then there are the conservatives who reject the leadership because they want to believe in some Marian apparition that was judged false. Then there are the conservatives that become sedevacantist protestants aping the Catholic Church from the new church that they have set up themselves. Ironically by setting up an unauthorised new church that follows the general traditions of the Catholic Church (but for the most basic issue that Jesus set up the Catholic Church with a Pope) they think that makes them the Catholic Church. They call the original church “Newchurch” in the tradition of the Bolshevik movement in Russia where the minority called themselves the majority and the majority the minority. Meanwhile with almost all who value tradition turning protestant the most progressive clergy have free reign to plot and scheme and insert someone like Francis in the papacy.
If we as a Church deserve punishment then we deserve to be punished a lot longer.
Pope Francis is not the only one who has been “duped” into refusing to see the dangers inherent in Islam – though the fact that the Vicar of Christ holds this blinkered view is dangerously worrying for the Church, and very especially for our Christian brothers in Muslim-majority lands. How do they feel when they see the ‘Holy Father’ apparently ignorant of the danger and pandering to their persecutors?
I am also constantly amazed at how many intelligent, scholarly people are equally naive (or are they brainwashed?), believing that Islam is harmless, and that it’s only a small percentage of radicals that are causing all the trouble. This is not the truth.
Why do they not listen to all the ex-Muslims who have managed to escape from this heretical creed, or those Christians living in Muslim lands who are at their mercy and suffering unspeakable horrors? I heard some of these tales of persecution at the ACN conference in London last October. The atrocities of Islamic jihadists are simply SATANICAL; there really is no other word for them… and it all comes from their evil faith-cum-political ideology. Yet even from Islamic governments that officially denounce terrorism (e.g., Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc.) Christians are openly marginalised and under constant threat.
But what many refuse to see – and here lies the crux of the matter – even those Muslims who are not jihadists, nor even evident sympathisers of radical Islam, can often, if harbouring a grievance, hate, or anger at some rebuff, easily switch from being an ordinary citizen living in the West into a violent terrorist with a desire to kill or maim as many ‘infidels’ as possible.
It is the barbarous, cruel, murderous ideology Islam is steeped in that lies deep within the subconscious of their Muslim brains that triggers off these Islamic terrorist attacks. We are getting daily examples of them by what the weak. P.C. Western media prefers to repeatedly call “mentally-disturbed” individuals. In fact anything rather than what they really are. Yes, of course these terrorists may well be nut cases too, but in practically 100% of incidents the root cause of their cutthroat killing sprees of insanity is their Islamic indoctrination.
Should we fear Islam? The wise and holy Cardinal Burke says we would be foolish not to.