EX-MUSLIMS TO POPE: ISLAM NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

From ChurchMilitant.com: 

“‬If‭ ‬Islam is in itself a good religion,‭ ‬as you seem to teach,‭ ‬why did we become Catholic‭?”

A group of ex-Muslim converts to Catholicism are criticizing Pope Francis’ approach to Islam. In an open letter to the Holy Father recently published online, the former Muslims say the pope’s teaching on Islam as it appears in the apostolic exhortation ‬Evangelii Gaudium (EG) implies that Islam is a good religion in itself.

“‬If‭ ‬Islam is in itself a good religion,‭ ‬as you seem to teach,‭ ‬why did we become Catholic‭?” they ask. “‬Do not your words question the goodness of the choice we made‭ ‬…‭ ‬at the risk of our lives‭?”

Paragraph 252 of EG declares: “The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services.”

The Holy Father continues in the next paragraph, “Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

Robert Spencer, an Islamic expert and editor of Jihad Watch, told Church Militant, “These converts are respectfully calling upon the Pope to acknowledge truths that he has repeatedly denied and misstated.”

The ex-Muslims quote Abp. Nona Amel,‭ the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul in Iraq:  “‬Our present sufferings are the prelude to those that you,‭ ‬Europeans and Western Christians,‭ ‬will suffer in the near future.‭ ‬I lost my diocese.‭ ‬The headquarters of my archdiocese and my apostolate have been occupied by radical Islamists who want us to convert or die.‭”

The ex-Muslims don’t have the impression Pope Francis is taking Amel’s warnings seriously.

They further criticized the Pope’s encouragement of Western countries to accept Muslim refugees without regard to religion. His most recent public speech on the subject came on New Year’s Day, at the 51st World Day of Peace celebration, whose theme was “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace.”

The Holy Father also drew a comparison between the exodus of the Holy Family and modern-day refugees during his Christmas Eve homily on December 25:

So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary. We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones.

As Church Militant has often reported, the Catholic Church is experiencing rapid collapse in European countries like France and the United Kingdom, while Islam is exploding in popularity.

In June, Breitbart published a round-up of violence associated with the Islamic month of Ramadan in 2017 alone, calling it one of the deadliest Ramadans in recent history, with a body count of more than 1,600. In the United States, the first ever federal prosecution of female genital mutilation in the United States came out of the heavily Muslim city of Dearborn, Michigan.

In November 2017, Church Militant reported that ISIS published a poster featuring a beheaded Pope Francis, along with various propaganda posters hinting at Christmas attacks on various large cities around the world.

The Holy Father has acknowledged that countries have good reasons to limit migrants. On his return flight last November from Sweden — a country dealing with a crisis of Muslim integration — he said that countries need not accept more refugees than they can handle.

“I believe that, in theory, one cannot shut their heart to a refugee,” the Holy Father commented. “However, political leaders need to be prudent; they should be very open to receiving them, but they also need to be prudent when it comes to working out how to settle them because it is not just about receiving a refugee; they also need to be integrated.”

Robert Spencer hopes the Holy Father heeds the warning from this recent open letter.

“We can only hope that he will deign to respond, and not give these courageous people cause to echo St. Paul’s question, ‘Have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?'” Spencer told Church Militant.

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21 Responses to EX-MUSLIMS TO POPE: ISLAM NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    So now, we have not only confused Catholics, but confused and angered converts to Catholicism due to confusing words and omission of information by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Wow, where do we go from here? (that’s just a rhetorical question) Church leadership needs to figure it out – don’t be confusing. Tell truths and the deposit of faith!

  2. Toad says:

    “‬If‭ ‬Islam is in itself a good religion,‭ ‬as you seem to teach,‭ ‬why did we become Catholic‭?”
    Maybe they think Catholicism is simply a better religion than Islam. Doesn’t necessarily indicate Islam is a bad religion – does it?
    Is Hindusim a bad religion? Or Lutheranism? Or is it that millions of people are happy being Hindus and Lutherans – because they don’t know any different (unlike Catholics) ?

    ”…authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”
    Could it be that Francis sincerely believes that? Surely not? He must be lying.

  3. GC says:

    Islamic toilet etiquette.

    http://www.myreligionislam.com/detail.asp?Aid=6096

    Just sharing, as they say nowadays.

  4. kathleen says:

    Islam is clearly not a “good religion” – that is what those converts were saying to Pope Francis – and we risked our lives and livelihoods in leaving it to convert to the One True Faith, Catholicism. In a polite way, they were showing up Francis’ appalling ignorance of the true face of violent, heretical Islam. And they repeat the stark, terrifying warning words of Abp. Nona Amel, Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul – words which should send shivers down our spine:

    “‬Our present sufferings are the prelude to those that you,‭ ‬Europeans and Western Christians,‭ ‬will suffer in the near future.‭ ‬I lost my diocese.‭ ‬The headquarters of my archdiocese and my apostolate have been occupied by radical Islamists who want us to convert or die.‭”

    That, my friends, is what is in store for us before too long!
    Islam is already here – slowly taking over – with more and more illegal Muslim immigrants pouring unstoppably into the West, plus our pathetically low birth-rate (and their massively high one), our mostly weak appeasing leaders, we are already doomed. Only a miracle could halt the holocaust the Islamic hoards will soon be inflicting on us. That “miracle” – the only one that would work – would be a faithful return to our Catholic roots…. (But can anyone see the remotest likelihood of that happening in this current secular, materialistic, hedonistic age we are living in here in the West?)

    Abp. Nona Amel knows what he is talking about. Pope Francis and gullible Westerners who kowtow to the demands of this diabolical political faith system called Islam, don’t have the faintest clue!

    There was also this revealing article in CRISIS MAGAZINE the other day entitled, “Islam in the Public Square”. William Kilpatrick points out how Christians are being ousted out by secularists first, and now Islam.

  5. Mary Salmond says:

    GC: that link is a good one to send to liberals, the left, and doubters. Unreal!

  6. GC says:

    Mary, I am not sure at all that all Muslims follow this exactly.

    kathleen, I think that Archbishop Amel Nona is now the bishop of the Chaldeans in Australia and New Zealand, after his archdiocese of Mosul was wrecked.

    https://www.stthomaschaldean.org.au/

  7. Toad says:

    It seems remarkable that God would construct the entire cosmos billions of years ago – simply and exclusively or the benefit of a few Catholics over the last 2,000 years. It seems Francis has also entertained a similar idea.
    (Now kill this.)

  8. Toad says:

    Christ clearly tells Christians how to deal with Muslims: ”Turn the other cheek,” and ”Love your enemies.” I think both counsels are hopelessly impractical. But I’m an Agnostic.
    However, Catholics are bound to do what Christ says. Aren’t they? And do they?

  9. Mary Salmond says:

    ToadS: so are you an agnostic, a “Catholic” agnostic or what? And/or what is your purpose for reading CP&S? Or do you troll most of the Catholic sites to see if the truth is there? I’m not getting it!

  10. Toad says:

    ”Catholic Agnostic,” puts it reasonably neatly, Mary. And I am exclusively loyal to CP&S. Although there is (or perhaps was) a site called, ”Crisis,” which ran a couple of my comments before banning me . As a result they re in real crisis, and pleading for money. Yes, I do look for truth everywhere I can. Nor am I getting it. Truth seems to be a slippery customer.

  11. Toad says:

    ”That “miracle” – the only one that would work – would be a faithful return to our Catholic roots….”
    And then what? How would that help? Out-breeding the hordes of Islam? Public recitations of The Rosary? Re-introduction of the Latin Mass? A new Inquisition?
    I sense an implication here that it would ultimately involve violence against Muslims, of ”cleansing” Europe by force.
    But no doubt I’m wrong – violence being clearly unchristian – and I will doubtless be disabused, toot sweet.
    (..What if the Muslim invasion is part of God’s plan?)

  12. Mary Salmond says:

    Toad. The readings for Epiphany and reflection from Abbot Philip is all the truth and comfort you need to know!

  13. Toad says:

    How can you even begin to demonstrate the truth of your assertion, Mary? (Oh, don’t be such am dreary old pedant, Toad – just take it or leave it. – silly old sappo)

  14. johnhenrycn says:

    Mecca Delenda Est, as Cato the Elder would say were he still alive, and we cannot but endorse that statement – in an entirely loving, non-violent way, which is the modern Christian Way.

    Speaking of Cato, did you know there’s a country (not the Vatican) in Europe which reports the news in Latin every day. My old country. Fascinating. I used to speak Latin after a fashion and I hope to learn it again before I …

    GC (15:52) – I read somewhere recently that some top hotels refuse to rent rooms to the Saudi upper class because of their absolutely revolting scatological practices. Not much better than baboons and chimpanzees they say.

  15. Toad says:

    ”GC (15:52) – I read somewhere recently that some top hotels refuse to rent rooms to the Saudi upper class because of their absolutely revolting scatological practices. Not much better than baboons and chimpanzees they say.”
    From what I have personally experienced, JH, quite true. I once rented out a house, and the company involved said. ”if you rent it to Saudis, we will charge tat least three times the normal rent, as they will utterly devastate the place. I also heard of them trying to roast a lamb in the cabin during a flight to Europe. Probably all exaggerated, But who knows?
    The Shadow knows.

  16. GC says:

    I read somewhere recently that some top hotels refuse to rent rooms to the Saudi upper class.

    You mean some of the 38 45 princes produced by King Abdul Aziz (ibn Saud), JH? I couldn’t possibly comment.

    Holidaying Gulf people abound here during their baking summer months. It could actually be up to 20 degrees cooler here than there.

    Some Malay boys working as bellhops in the main tourist area told me once that they are not generally too impressed by hotel guests originating from the Gulf.

    After the boys lug all these guests’ numerous bags, kickboards, spearguns and stuff up to their rooms, more than a few of the Gulf types merely say “shukran” (thanks) to the boys and choose to leave it at that. Our experienced Malay boys will then promptly reply to them “no, no, no . . . PAPER SHUKRAN??!!”.

    Where I live here, there are signs up in Arabic (and only in Arabic) asking that rubbish be thrown in tied refuse bags into the bin and not strewn bagless in front of the lifts.

  17. Mary Salmond says:

    TS: responded to how to demonstrate on 1-7-18 Epiphany reflection 20:33.

  18. Toad says:

    ””TS (you can call me ‘T; for short) has no decision over to what, or to whom, he replies.
    You must ask the ”moderators,” that is to say, the censors, or inquisitors.
    Sorry, Mary.
    Still, I will try to give you an answer anyway. How do we know what the writers of the text you refer to actually had in mind?

    [A moderator responds: What you had in mind has been deleted. The ravings of a confused unbeliever do not interest us.]

    This is my opinion, anyway. Probably wrong, of course.

    [Moderator: Indeed you are.]

  19. kathleen says:

    ”That “miracle” – the only one that would work – would be a faithful return to our Catholic roots….”

    Toad, @ 10:43 yesterday, asked:

    ”And then what? How would that help?…”

    Ever heard how “faith moves mountains”, Toad?
    It is at times and places when Christians have given the greatest witness to the truths of their Faith that Christianity has been strongest and attracted the greatest numbers of converts. “Evangelise by your deeds”, someone once said, “and if necessary, use words”!
    A good example of heroic witness to Christ would be the Early Christians living in the Roman Empire under one of the harshest persecutions that the world has ever known. Thousands upon thousands refused to denounce their faith in Christ and were put to horrifying, painful deaths; and yet despite this terrifying prospect the numbers of converts continued to increase, spreading even to the furthest corners of the Empire. Such an amazing fact prompted Tertulian in 197 to pronounce those now famous words: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”

    That’s what I was referring to when I wrote the above.
    A wish-washy form of belief so rampant in the post-V2 Church of Nice will never convince any honest searcher of truth… (although, through the grace of God, some courageous searchers do still find their way through the reigning fog of confusion). Converts to Catholicism must vow to uphold all that the Church teaches… or, simply put, they are not true Catholics. (Our problem nowadays is that we are infested with a plague of liberal progressives in the Church willing to compromise doctrinal truths, Protestant-style, in the name of a false mercy, and to remain ‘popular’ with the reigning secularists!)

    Therefore, the only way to open the eyes of the invading Islamics into the West is not through the sword – their normal way of conquest – but if Westerners were to “return to their Christian roots”, giving faithful witness to the truth of the redemptive, sacrificial love and power of Christ, as taught by the One Holy Catholic Church.
    Yes, I know… in our current godless climate, it would take a miracle for that to happen.

    We must do our bit, never failing in trust and hope in Our Loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, and the promises of Our Blessed Mother.

  20. mary salmond says:

    Perhaps at the Easter Triduum, our bishops should require that all parishioners take the pledge to uphold all Catholic teachings also – the converts already want to do that. However, the truths should be stated, so the congregation should know what they are pledging to. Although most of the baptismal promises are the creed and doesn’t include things like abortion, birth control, divorce, homosexuality, chastity, 10 commandments. What would be a good solution to bring back Catholics to pledging their fidelity to the Church?

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