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March 15, 2013

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George Pal

Every passing day brings me nearer to perfection – as crank/curmudgeon/grump. With that excuse in mind, here I go.

Re Muslim attacks against Christians:
Fr. George Rutler: "This seems to be under the radar of our own government and the mainstream media."

This is as much under the radar of the Church as it is of the government and msm. The latter is easily accounted, the former troubling, especially so, considering Catholic-Muslim dialogues sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the USCCB plenary session in Chicago, the bishops were “sharing stories, praying, and enjoying meals together" (were they dining halal or haram?) with Muslim leaders, some of very questionable reputation. It appears they (the Bishops, officially) have concluded that such dialogues result in a “harvest of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation”. I am speechless only because I have a firm grip on my tongue.

They (the Bishops, officially) rely on Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate to make their case and have not uttered a word, explicitly in English or in the subtler and more nuanced Vaticanese, of increasing and increasingly violent Muslim attacks, worldwide, against Christians. With shepherds like these, who has need of wolves.

Pope Benedict XVI, though praising Nostra Aetate for its openness to non-Christian religions, observed:

“[The] weakness of this otherwise extraordinary text has gradually emerged. It speaks of religion solely in a positive way, and it disregards the sick and distorted forms or religion which, from the historical and theological viewpoints, are of far-reaching importance; for this reason the Christian faith, from the outset, adopted a critical stance towards religion, both internally and externally.”

Let the Bishops start there, a critical stance externally - finger pointing allowed... no, essential.

Fr. Rutler: "May Saint Francis be our model in how to deal with the threats of our own day: not enfeebled by sentimentality and relativism, but armed with a Franciscan zeal for the conversion of souls."

And the Bishop's model.

Mrs. P

Hi George. Lent 'tis the season to be cranky. By any chance did you catch Conrad Black on Benedict:

"Benedict XVI has been almost the only serious leader to try to get to grips with the problems of militant Islam, and of the persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians, everywhere. He has spoken out repeatedly against the persecution of the Egyptian Coptic Christians, and the Christians of all denominations in China, and the Vatican is, for that reason, almost the only serious entity that still withholds recognition from the regime in Beijing. In a lecture at the University of Regensburg, where he had once been a professor of theology, he famously quoted a statement of the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus in 1391: “Show me what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” He later apologized for any offense given, but did not withdraw the challenge to contemporary Islam to behave civilly to other faiths, in contrast to the pusillanimous quietism of most of the West’s secular leaders. In one of only two conversations I have had with him, the Pope (then a cardinal) expressed the concern that Europe was committing suicide by maintaining an unsustainably low birth rate and substituting for the unborn the immigration of large numbers of unassimilable people from hostile cultures (i.e., chiefly Islam). His efforts to revive Christianity in Europe do not seem to have borne much fruit, but they will be prophetic."

The rest is here:

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/340575/pope-weathered-storm-conrad-black?pg=2

Our bishops have much to contend with -- from all angles including within the Church. Thankfully there does seem to be a willingness to perform the necessary tasks...

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