The Next Scandal in the Church?

In a recent article, Fr. James Schall, S.J. argues that “The only real way to eliminate the historic aggressiveness of Islam is to convert its believers.” Yet if you had to bet, “the conversion of the world to Islam is, in the long run, more likely than its conversion to Christianity.”

From a purely human perspective, the conversion of Muslims is a tall order. It’s not just that Islam is a tough nut to crack, it’s also that some today – usually Catholics – have an aversion to conversion. (Even the pope had denounced “proselytism.”) In good multicultural fashion, they don’t want to fiddle with the unique cultural identity of the “other.”

These fashionable ideas won’t attract many Muslims, and it has an alienating effect on Christians as well. The Church in the West has been losing members as a result of the impression it gives that other faiths are just as valid as our own. So before undertaking the conversion of the Muslim world, the Church needs first to do something about the deconversion of Christians.

Ironically, one of the factors that is driving people out of the Church is its response to Islamic terror. After every terrorist attack, the Vatican (or some prominent bishop) assures us that the violence has nothing to do with Islam, which we are told is a “religion of peace” – a response not a whit different from the politically correct, secular liberal response.

In fact, Church leaders often put secular leaders to shame in their advocacy for Islam. The Obama administration called for the admittance of 10,000 Syrian refugees; the USCCB called for 100,000. When European leaders began to admit that Muslim migration should be restricted for the sake of national security, Pope Francis responded by insisting that the safety of migrants was more important than national security.

There are no statistics about how many Catholics are leaving the Church because of its welcoming attitude towards Islam, but there is anecdotal evidence. Ann Corcoran, the director of Refugee Resettlement Watch converted to Catholicism in 2002, but later left the Church when she discovered that the USCCB was being paid tens of millions per year for resettling Muslim refugees. Magdi Allam, a prominent Italian Muslim journalist was baptized in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI during Easter Vigil service. In 2013, he announced that he would leave the Church to protest its soft stance on Islam.

Allam, who remained a Christian, said that he left the Church because of its “religious relativism, in particular the legitimization of Islam as a true religion.” The feelings of Catholics disaffected by the Church’s handling of the Islamic crisis is summed up by a French politician : “I admit to you that I am aghast, and I no longer feel like going to a Church that is committing suicide before our very eyes. Even from this side we are being betrayed.”

In several ways, the situation is reminiscent of the priestly sex-abuse scandal, which did so much damage to the Church in Europe and America. One of the most disheartening aspects of the scandal was the cover-up. The reluctance of many priests and bishops to report the abuse allowed it to continue for decades.

But the Church’s handling of the Islam crisis is also, in effect, a cover-up. On the theological side, Church leaders have long minimized, ignored, and covered up the rather large gap that divides Islam and Christianity. While emphasizing surface similarities between the two faiths, they have papered over the deep differences. Moreover, they have downplayed and even denied the violent nature of Islam.

As recently as ten days ago, on the anniversary of 9/11, Pope Francis declared that religions “cannot desire anything other than peace.” Well, technically, yes. Islam desires peace – except that Islamic scholars say that peace can only be achieved by the subjugation of the entire world to Islam.

Church leaders haven’t quite figured out that when Islam talks peace it really means war, but ordinary Catholics are not so Pollyannaish. And as the gap widens between what the hierarchy says about Islam and what Catholics can see with their own eyes, we can expect that many more Catholics will become alienated from the Church.

After the sex abuse scandal broke, Catholics asked: “Why didn’t Church officials do more to protect children?” Now they are justified in asking: “Why didn’t they tell us the rest of the story about Islam?”

Like the priestly abuse scandal, the brewing cover-up scandal also involves sexual abuse – and probably on a much larger scale. This time the perpetrators are not priests, but Muslim migrants in Europe. Although this sex-abuse epidemic was long covered up by European authorities, it’s out in the open now.

Thanks to Muslim immigration, Sweden now has the second highest incidence of rape in the world. In Rotherham, England, 1,400 girls were raped by Pakistani gangs over a fifteen year period. In Cologne, Germany, 1,200 women were sexually assaulted by Muslim men in a single night (New Year’s Eve) outside the main train station. Some swimming pools in Germany are now sex-segregated in order to curtail the frequent sexual assaults committed by Muslim refugees.

The Vatican surely knows about the enormous escalation of sexual abuse brought on by the migration invasion, which it has encouraged and facilitated. Yet Pope Francis seems more concerned about the safety of Muslim migrants than the safety of their victims.

The Church’s facilitation of an Islamic takeover of the West will, in the end, prove to be a much larger scandal than the priestly sex abuse scandal. Unlike the earlier scandal, its victims will be numbered not in the thousands, but in the tens of millions. And unlike the first abuse scandal, this one will arrive with an official seal of approval.

No Church official ever sanctioned the abuse of minors, but a great many have endorsed the dangerously misleading view that Islam is a benign religion that means us no harm.

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20 Responses to The Next Scandal in the Church?

  1. Who can say whether or not it’s already too late, except that even the gates of Hell itself – much less Islam – will not prevail against the Church.

    Still, we may be in for a long, very long, twilight and even harsh daylight struggle.

    And it may go on for so long that most of those now alive will not live see the end of it.

  2. Mary Salmond says:

    Super article. Well said. We are considered infidels to Islam which includes religion, politics, and all-conquering motives.
    Legal immigrants are different than illegal immigrants. This is a constant battle in debate. If they can afford to come to our country illegally then they can afford to go back, then come back legally. Yes, our US bishops and pope are not paying attention to legality, emotions only. If the bishops are accepting money, this truly is a scandal. Soros’s or anyone tycoon’s money is outrageous. Was Steve Bannon correct then? That would be disturbing because compliance doesn’t get the CC anywhere.

  3. toadspittle says:

    When I was young ( 1950’s) prostitution in London was said to be in the hands of the Maltese. No Idea why this should be true. Or even if it was true.
    I doubt these “Muslims” in the story were very devout. Any more than the IRA “Catholics,” who regularly blew people up n then 70’si, were the Catholics they were baptised as being.
    In fact, I suspect this Muslim crime has much more to do with money and sex than it does with religion.
    …But what do I know?

  4. Roger says:

    For get this Francis
    Turn your prayers to the Popes and Papacy and Our Lady over the expansion of Islam
    The Catholic traditional stance here doesn’t need explaining!
    Our Lady of the Rosary (Fatima)
    St Pope Pius V
    St King Ferdinand

    The treachery set out above is no different from Judas handing over Our Lord to be Crucified by a FALSE Kiss.

    Pope Saint Pius V (17 January 1504 – 1 May 1572), born Antonio Ghislieri (from 1518 called Michele Ghislieri, O.P.), was Pope from 8 January 1566 to his death in 1572. He is venerated as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. He is chiefly notable for his role in the Council of Trent, the Counter-Reformation, and the standardization of the Roman rite within the Latin Church. Pius V declared Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church.
    As a cardinal, Ghislieri gained a reputation for putting orthodoxy before personalities, prosecuting eight French bishops for heresy. He also stood firm against nepotism, rebuking his predecessor Pope Pius IV to his face when he wanted to make a 13-year-old member of his family a cardinal and subsidize a nephew from the papal treasury.
    By means of the papal bull of 1570, Regnans in Excelsis, Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. He also arranged the formation of the Holy League, an alliance of Catholic states to combat the advancement of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe. Although outnumbered, the Holy League famously defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory.[6] Biographers report that as the Battle of Lepanto ended, Pius rose and went over to a window, where he stood gazing toward the East. Then, turning around, he exclaimed “The Christian fleet is victorious!” and shed tears of thanksgiving.

    “..Philip II of Spain as the “Most Catholic King” and defender of Christendom against Muslim incursion..”

    St. Ferdinand III (buried in the third order habit of St Francis!!
    “..The highest aims of Ferdinand’s life were the propagation of the Faith and the liberation of Spain from the Muslim yoke. Hence his continual wars against the Muslims. He took from them vast territories, Granada and Alicante alone remaining in their power at the time of his death. In the most important towns he founded bishoprics, reestablished Catholic worship everywhere, built churches, founded monasteries, and endowed hospitals. The greatest joys of his life were the conquests of Cordova (1236) and Seville (1248). He turned the great mosques of these places into cathedrals, dedicating them to the Blessed Virgin. ..”
    “..
    Ferdinand was buried in the great cathedral of Seville before the image of the Blessed Virgin, clothed, at his own request, in the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis. His body, it is said, remains incorrupt. Many miracles took place at his tomb, and Clement X canonized him in 1671. His feast is kept by the Minorites on the 30th of May.
    ..”

    Our Lady Of The Rosary

    “..
    October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrates the victory at Lepanto, the battle that saved the Christian West from defeat at the hands of Islam
    ..”

  5. Mary Salmond says:

    Great history lesson!!

  6. Neville Whiteley says:

    Islam is evil and a direct form of the Antichrist. Islam denies the divine nature of Jesus and the mystery of the Divinity of the Holy Trinity. Islam is not benign, it is not well intentioned. Islamic moderation is only a form of subservience to a threat of expulsion and violence from within its own dictums (Al-Wala / wal-Bara means, broadly, total loyalty to Islam and total disavowal of anything else). There is but one true faith, and does not reside in many alternative “Christian” forms: (Disclaimer: Yes, God alone knows what’s in a man’s heart, and He alone will judge). The diminishing of Tradition, an over-reliance upon science and reason over issues of faith, and now the open attack upon those things by even this free-masonic pontiff, is playing into the hands of the prediction of a false Christ and a false church! The separation of the wheat and the chaff is blatantly obvious, and for how much longer will the remaining true faithful have to wait for Christ’s coming and His reign again? Not too long we hope, and pray.

  7. toadspittle says:

    “There is but one true faith, and does not reside in many alternative “Christian” forms: “
    Every Christian in the world would agree.
    Unless we think Lutherans, for example, really “know” Catholicism is the only true religion – but, for some obscure reason, perversely refuse to admit it.
    Could be the case, I Suppose. Seems unikely, though.

  8. Roger says:

    Toad
    Where ever Man is found He knows and believes in a God(s). He also knows the Natural Law. Your reasoning was identical to the Greeks and what St Paul taught them. St Paul told them of the unknown God.
    Now equally these various Religions are fractured themselves in to versions. Juadism for instance.
    The Apostles themselves were aware of the spirit of Inquity working in their Age attacking the Faith to divide it.
    However the Fathers of the Church believed that the Church in its Life would recreate the Life Of Christ including His Passion and Resurrection. There would come a Triumph of One Faith over ALL the Earth.
    My understanding is that this is the Triumph Of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary, since the Road of the Incarnation is through the Annuciation.
    This brings back to Cardinal Mannings observation that Heresy and Schism always end up denying the Incarnation.
    La Salette is important because Our Lady spoke to the two children about a Famine and Harvest, crops etc.. The symbols of a separation of the bad from good.
    The point about certain Heresy’s is set out by Belloc in his excellent book on them. They flair up and die away.
    The Churchs Imilitant) exists to Save Souls, snatch them from Hell and take them to Heaven. Our Lord game His Life to Save souls.
    The Action of the Holy Ghost teaching and working historically in the Church is being denied!!!
    This Masonic Paganism called Modernism has openly encouraged the weeds, locusts and every kind of Ancient Evil called Heresy into Christendom!!! Nay opened the door to lies and errors!
    Either you believe in the Incarnation and Hence One Body or you don’t!

  9. Roger says:

    And so there is NO confusion here.
    The Church and its Hierachy exist for ONE reason only.

    Matthew 28
    [19] “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

  10. toadspittle says:

    “Where ever Man is found He knows and believes in a God(s).”
    True, Roger. For thousands of years it was the simplist way of explainig the lethal mess Man found himself in unasked.
    And you will be the first to agree that the vast majority of the gods Man has believed in – and, in many cases still does – were false.

  11. Roger says:

    False?
    No St Augustine showed that they were Demonic (Supernatural this recognition of the Supernatural is found in Homer for instance) ! Another common feature is priesthood and worshiping of the Supernatural God(s). Man has always been aware of the Supernatural that is off course until the Naturalism and Rationalism decide to become God! With them there is no Supernatural actually you find them fanatically atheist.
    If you deny the Supernatural you end up with the Philosophy of Religion etc.. Rational analysis of commonality between beliefs in other words MAN as GOD (Now thats A Masonic Ritual isn’t it? The Magic Flute)

    The three children and a Vision seen only by them fortold on a Day a Miracle AND THE SUN DANCED AT FATIMA!
    St Pio the implacable foe to masonry Bilocuted, performed First Class miracles, Read Consciences.
    Incidently there is actual no first class relic of St Pio.

    So the biggest decision faced by each individual human is the matter of Faith Hell (demonic) or Heaven (Our Lord).
    There is NO other decision it narrows down to the two and one is the way of Sin, Hatred, Lies, Murder, Eternal Torment Death. The Other is Life, Lave, Truth and an Eternity Bliss.

    Matthew 28
    [19] “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

    Now is this being done by Rome? What are they teaching? Because if it NOT of Christ and they are NOT baptizing in the name of the Trinity
    THEN THEY ARE JUST SOUNDING BRASS.

  12. toadspittle says:

    “Incidently there is actual no first class relic of St Pio.”
    Well, I’m sorry to hear that.
    Haven’t they got his hat, or anything?

    “AND THE SUN DANCED AT FATIMA!”
    If you could be somehow convinced it hadn’t, Roger – would you still be a Catholic?
    If you would – then why go on about it at such inordinate length?

  13. Ralph De MAIO says:

    OUR POPE WANTS DIVORCED AND COUPLES DIVORCEDTHAT ARE MARRIED BY A MUNICIPAL JUDGE BE ABLE TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION AT THE ALTOR OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH,WHATS NEXT WOMEN PRIESTS ANND SAME SEX MARRIAGE? WHERE WERE OUR BISHOPS WHEN OUR GOVT DECIDED TO TAKE GOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS?THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, MERRY CHRISTMAS. CHRISTIAN SONGS, THE HOLY BIBLE ( ECT )FROM PUBLIC PLACES THE NATIVITY THE CHRISTMAS TREE (ECT ) ONLY WHEN OBAMA WAS TRYING TO CUT THEIR MONEY IN SO MANY WAYS DID WE HEAR FROM THEM.THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS DO WE HEAR GOD COMING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.OUR CONGRESS IS FULL OF GOD HATING COMMUNISTS AND NOTHING FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NOT A WORD.AND OUR POPE HAS NOTHING BETTER TO SAY BUT TO CRITISIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR THE WALL AND A BAN ON MUSLIMS.

  14. Roger says:

    Mark 8
    [31]”And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and by the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed: and after three days rise again.”

    So the question is the Fatima vision as published in 2000? Is this then a vision of the Passion of the Church?
    A spiritual vision of the Passion of the Apostolic Church from the Papacy, The Priesthood, The Nuns the Brothers and the Laity Adjudged and condemned to the catacombs (graves) by the worldy wise and prudent, A modernist hierachy of Emmerich Church of Man?

    “..having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
    ..”

  15. toadspittle says:

    CP&S is becoming seriously unglued, these days.
    Where are thhe sane voices of JH, Raven, and Burro?
    And Jabba, Gertrude, and GC are often strangely silent.

  16. JabbaPapa says:

    it’s also that some today – usually Catholics – have an aversion to conversion. (Even the pope had denounced “proselytism.”) In good multicultural fashion, they don’t want to fiddle with the unique cultural identity of the “other.”

    Christ Himself in the Scripture forbade proselytism as such, in the Protestant understanding of it particularly.

    Luke : {10:3} Go forth. Behold, I send you out like lambs among wolves.
    {10:4} Do not choose to carry a purse, nor provisions, nor shoes; and you shall greet no one along the way.
    {10:5} Into whatever house you will have entered, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
    {10:6} And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
    {10:7} And remain in the same house, eating and drinking the things that are with them. For the worker is worthy of his pay. Do not choose to pass from house to house.
    {10:8} And into whatever city you have entered and they have received you, eat what they set before you.
    {10:9} And cure the sick who are in that place, and proclaim to them, ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’
    {10:10} But into whatever city you have entered and they have not received you, going out into its main streets, say:
    {10:11} ‘Even the dust which clings to us from your city, we wipe away against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has drawn near.’

    Christians are called by Christ to preach the Truth, not to proselytise — and it is the clear Dogma of the Tradition that Conversion is provided as a Grace into men’s souls by God, rather than by the actions of mortal men. These are a cooperation with God’s Will when the Truth is Faithfully proclaimed, for when so it is a participation with the Divine Revelation to all of mankind.

    And it is the Revelation that can convert, not the speeches nor actions of men.

    This has nothing to do with “multiculturalism” — to the contrary, this is the Catholic Tradition : and in the opposite, the false portrayal of the Christian Faith as being either just one among many, or worse some mere intellectual and social construct that one could simply propose as an alternative or as a philosophical content to be propagated through merely mortal methods is the very basis of the multiculturalist, Modernist, Relativist, Americanist Error in question ; and proselytism belongs to the methods whereby that Error, rather than the Truth, is propagated.

    To proclaim the Truth of the Gospel, and of the Revelation, and of the Tradition of the Faith is not to proselytise ; it is to simply speak the Truth, and to let that Divine Truth work in its own way, not distorted by our own actions nor opinions nor failures, within the consciences of men.

    toad : And Jabba, Gertrude, and GC are often strangely silent

    Dunno about the others, but I had a bad browser crash.

  17. JabbaPapa says:

    There’s a good enough examination of this problematic here — http://www.unamsanctamcatholicam.com/theology/81-theology/469-proselytism-and-conversion.html — though the rhetoric about “neo-Catholics”, “New Church”, and so on is extremely unhelpful, potentially destructive, and should be carefully rejected as constituting an objectively false doctrine.

    Nevertheless, take note of the following mostly pertinent comment on the confusion that is created by confusing proselytism with evangelisation as such :

    This brings us to the fundamental question – do Catholics engage in proselytism? Understood in the pre-Conciliar sense, no. Catholics evangelize, but we do not proselytize, at least relating to the use of the word in the century prior to Vatican II. Although by Vatican II the distinction between proselytism and evangelization was becoming blurred, with many equating “proselytism” with “making converts” pure and simple.

    On the other hand, if we understand proselytism in the classic, narrow sense, why would the Church suggest Catholics should not seek to make converts? The post-Conciliar Church has never been able to resolve this contradiction and, as we shall see, in its attempts to disavow “proselytism”, it will end up repudiating evangelization.

    — take care though, here, that the notion that “the Church” is “repudiating evangelization” is clearly false, and is clearly based on the author’s political views defining “the Church” as being something other than the people of God.

    In fact, some Catholics only are entertaining or promoting this confused understanding, including arguably the Pope ; but certainly not the Church as such.

    Indeed, in making such a claim he is himself directly promoting the very confusion between proselytism and evangelisation that he pretends to denounce ; clearly for the ideological purpose of promoting proselytism as if this activity were “traditional” and therefore positive, contrary to the constant teaching of the Church since mediaeval times, which is that the Revelation alone is sufficient for Salvation, and nothing extra of human origin and in man-devised activities is needed to be added to the Truth.

    ( Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Part 2 quaest. 109 : Hence we must say that for the knowledge of any truth whatsoever man needs Divine help, that the intellect may be moved by God to its act. But he does not need a new light added to his natural light, in order to know the truth in all things, but only in some that surpass his natural knowledge. And yet at times God miraculously instructs some by His grace in things that can be known by natural reason, even as He sometimes brings about miraculously what nature can do.

    Reply to Objection 1: Every truth by whomsoever spoken is from the Holy Ghost as bestowing the natural light, and moving us to understand and speak the truth, but not as dwelling in us by sanctifying grace, or as bestowing any habitual gift superadded to nature. For this only takes place with regard to certain truths that are known and spoken, and especially in regard to such as pertain to faith, of which the Apostle speaks.

    Reply to Objection 2: The material sun sheds its light outside us; but the intelligible Sun, Who is God, shines within us. Hence the natural light bestowed upon the soul is God’s enlightenment, whereby we are enlightened to see what pertains to natural knowledge; and for this there is required no further knowledge, but only for such things as surpass natural knowledge.

    Reply to Objection 3: We always need God’s help for every thought, inasmuch as He moves the understanding to act; for actually to understand anything is to think, as is clear from Augustine (De Trin. xiv, 7). )

  18. Roger says:

    Thank you Jabba and very well written and researched!!

  19. Mary Salmond says:

    Well said!

  20. Thank you. St. Thomas Aquinas scores 10 out of 10. True faith is a free gift from God which emanates from the Holy Ghost. It’s His job to touch a man’s heart and propel him towards God’s truth. I attest to this supernatural gift, and truth, because it happened to me! This, despite a very long period of being assailed by every Tom, Dick and Harry, with or without a collar, who bailed me up, or fronted up to the door, carrying a bible, a cross and/or some other edifying material. The litmus test, I told them, was to come and pray with me to my God, in my environment! In 50 years I never had a taker! So, to me the greatest converter cum proselytiser, isn’t because of the actions, or preaching of a person, but a genuine desire to want to know truth, consciously or otherwise, and allow God to decide if your worth the gift.

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