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In other news, the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch in Tblisi is being credited with boosting the birth-rate in Georgia. On LifeSite I read that the Patriarch Ilia II offered to be the godfather of children born into families that already had two or more children. The birth rate has soared. The Patriarch personally performed 400 baptisms in the cathedral on 6 May alone.
Doesn’t this sound like something Card. Dolan would do?
And why wasn’t Patriarch Ilia asked to speak to the Synod instead of Archbp. Rowan Williams, whose organization is bleeding members?
Card. Turkson showed the filmette to the participants of the Synod. Some of them got a little nervous. It seems they wrenched an apology from the Cardinal.
Cardinal Peter Turkson has apologized for screening a video about the growth of Islam in Europe for participants at the Synod of Bishops.
The YouTube video, “Muslim Demographics,” which called attention to the rise in Europe’s Muslim population, was criticized by some Synod fathers as an attack on Islam. A Vatican Radio report described the film in unsparing words, as a “fear-mongering presentation of statistics attempting to show how Islam is conquering Europe and the rest of the world.” [“fear-mongering”? Really?]
Cardinal Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, insisted that his intention was not to denigrate Islam. “The point was to highlight the demographic situation as a result of the anti-life tendency and culture in the Western world,” he said. [As in tell the flock to START HAVING BABIES. The shift in demographics is serious.]
“For me to attack Islam would be to attack my own family,” said that cardinal, a native of Ghana. “My paternal uncle was a Muslim and he took care of me when I was a boy, and when he grew old I took care of him until he died.”