Friday, October 31, 2008

One "Religion" Is Just As Good As The Other...
Right?

This is an amazing article from Catholic News. I ask you read the whole thing. The convert interviews has summed up just how badly religious indifference has infected The Church; (Emphasis and comments mine) Muslim convert to Catholicism tells pope Islam is not inherently good
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Muslim-born journalist baptized by Pope Benedict XVI at Easter asked the pope to tell his top aide for relations with Muslims that Islam is not an intrinsically good religion and that Islamic terrorism is not the result of a minority gone astray.

As the Vatican was preparing to host the first meeting of the Catholic-Muslim Forum Nov. 4-6, Magdi Allam, a longtime critic of the Muslim faith of his parents, issued an open letter to Pope Benedict that included criticism of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

In the letter, posted on his Web site Oct. 20, Allam said he wanted to tell the pope of his concern for "the serious religious and ethical straying that has infiltrated and spread within the heart of the church."

He told the pope that it "is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself" that the pope make a pronouncement in "a clear and binding way" on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion.

The Catholic Church's dialogue with Islam is based on the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions ("Nostra Aetate"), which urged esteem for Muslims because "they adore the one God," strive to follow his will, recognize Jesus as a prophet, honor his mother, Mary, "value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting."
(Actually, the line "they adore the one God" is misleading. The correct teaching of The Church towards the moslems is that they "acknowledge the Creator" and that they "profess and hold the faith of Abraham". But let's not forget that they also deny the divinity of Christ, and the complete existence of The Holy Ghost. So no... we don't worship "the same God" as the moslems. Oh, and by the way, Nostra Aetate is not a dogmatic pronouncement, nor is it binding under pain of sin.)

The council called on Catholics and Muslims "to work sincerely for mutual understanding" and for social justice, moral values, peace and freedom.

Allam told Pope Benedict he specifically objected to Cardinal Tauran telling a conference in August that Islam itself promotes peace but that "'some believers' have 'betrayed their faith,'" using it as a pretext for violence.

"The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Tauran imagines," Allam told the pope. "Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit" of following "the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed."

Allam said he was writing with the "deference of a sincere believer" in Christianity and as a "strenuous protagonist, witness and builder of Christian civilization."

After Pope Benedict baptized Allam March 22 during the Easter Vigil and Allam used his newspaper column and interviews to condemn Islam, the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that when the Catholic Church welcomes a new member it does not mean it accepts his opinions on every subject. (Magdi Allam has officially been thrown under the bus.)

Baptism is a recognition that the person entering the church "has freely and sincerely accepted the Christian faith in its fundamental articles" as expressed in the creed, Father Lombardi had said.

"Of course, believers are free to maintain their own ideas on a vast range of questions and problems on which legitimate pluralism exists among Christians," he said
. (Does that also include Magdi Allam's assertion that islam in evil?)

4 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Slightly OT (but relevant to the whole "Religion of Blowing Folks to Pieces"):

You know, just thinking about this whole 'licenses for illegals' thing.... Licenses for Mexican construction workers who go go to Mass and pray the Rosary is not so big a problem as Drivers Licenses for Muslims.

How about you give a drivers license to anyone who's willing to urinate or defecate on the Koran in fromt of their local Sherrif. Not pretty for the Sherrif to have to witness, but that helps get rid of the "terrorists with licenses' problem.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

This has very often confused the heck out of me. If we believe as Catholics that this is the One True Faith, and that Faith directs us to evangelize. Why would the seat of Peter provide comfort and solice to opposing Faiths?

I can appreciate the need to be charitable and not using the "band aid" (ripping off quick) method of conversion. Does that mean though that we must give credence and validity to these other Faiths? I don't think so.

7:09 AM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

Cavey,
This subject is of immense interest to me. Once again, we continue to see the massive damage caused by the Second Vatican Council, especially when it comes to Ecumenism. We have simply lost our way, and have forgotten who we are.

Lest we forget (but the new Catechism believes this crap), Muslims and Catholics do NOT worship the same God, no matter how much John Paul II thought they did!
S/F

9:18 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

That's what you've been reporting hear for a good time. When will the folks at the Vatican get it?

5:08 AM  

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