The Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West”

dabiq-islam-stato-islamicoEdward Pentin of the National Catholic Register has a riveting interview with an Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit. No, no. This is a good one. He interviews Fr Henri Boulad, an expert on Islam. You would do well to read the whole thing over there, but here is a bit.

Jesuit Scholar: Seeking to Defend Islam at All Costs Is Betraying the Truth

In an interview with the Register, Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.

The Church should not defend Islam “at all costs” and seek to “exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name” or else “one ends up betraying the truth,” a leading Jesuit scholar of Islam has asserted.

Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad believes that when it comes to dealing with Islam, the Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” based on the pretext of “openness, tolerance and Christian charity.”

In a June 10 interview with the Register, Father Boulad reveals that he shared these sentiments with Pope Francis in a letter he wrote to him last August, telling him that many think the Pope’s own views on Islam are “aligned with this ideology, and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions, and compromises in compromises, at the expense of the truth.”

“Christians,” he wrote, “are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality.”

Some said the Pope took a diplomatic yet slightly firmer line on Islam when he gave an address to Al Azhar university in Cairo at the end of April.

Father Boulad, 85, an Egyptian and a relative of the Jesuit scholar of Islam, Father Samir Khalil Samir, also discusses in this interview why he believes Islamists are merely carrying out what their religion teaches, whether Islam is capable of reform, and how, despite its problems, the religion can help the Church in acting as a bulwark against secularist ideology.

PENTIN: Father Boulad, what evidence is there to show that Islam is inherently violent?

Here are clear statements of the Koran itself : [Clear tenets of the Religion of Peace…]

“Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191
“Make war on the infidels living in your neighbourhood.” Koran 9:123
“When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
“Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85
“The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”… Koran 9:30
“Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
“Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
“The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran 8:65
“Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28
“Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
“Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran 8:60

Added to these are a few samples of Muhammad’s teachings and life. Here are some quotations taken from Muslim sources:

– “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” – (Muslim 1:33)
– “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” (Ibn Ishaq 992). Muhammad’s life was a succession of warfare, plundering and killings… and every Muslim is invited to imitate this supreme “model”.
– Muhammad owned and traded slaves – (Sahih Muslim 3901), and ordered his followers to stone women for adultery. – (Muslim 4206)
– He himself beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys, (Abu Dawud 4390) ordered the murder of women (Ibn Ishaq 819, 995) and killed those who insulted him. – (Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)
– According to him, Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one’s position in Paradise by a hundred fold. – (Muslim 4645)
– In his last ten years, he ordered 65 military campaigns and raids. – (Ibn Ishaq) and killed captives taken in battle. – (Ibn Ishaq 451)
– He encouraged his men to rape enslaved women, (Abu Dawood 2150, Quran 4:24), he put apostates to death, plundered and lived off the wealth of others, captured and enslaved non-Muslim people.
– After Mohammed’s death, his followers attacked and conquered the populations of 28 countries and declared holy war on the people of five major world religions.

Examples from Islamic history:

– In the first 240 years, 11 of the first 32 caliphs were murdered by fellow Muslims.
– Muslim clerics have always engaged in or condoned terrorism all along history and up till now.
– We witness daily religious violence against Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians. The converts to Christianity are beheaded.
– The victims of slave traffic done by the Arabs during almost ten centuries amount to tens of millions of people.
– Each year, thousands of Christian homes and churches are torched or bombed by Muslim mobs, and hundreds of Christians, priests, pastors, nuns and other church workers are murdered at the hands of Islamic extremists. The so-called justification varies, from charges of apostasy or evangelism, to purported “blasphemy” or ” insulting” Islam. Innocent people have even been hacked to death by devout Muslims over cartoons. Islam is an open-ended declaration of war against non-Muslims.

PENTIN: Are the extremists simply being faithful to an authentic Islam in your view?

Clearly YES. Extremists are just applying what their religion teaches them to do.

PENTIN: Should the Pope and the Vatican shed what some view as political correctness and address Islam for what scholars and others believe it really is?

Of course. To illustrate my view, I quote here some excerpts of my personal letter to Pope Francis addressed to him last August:

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Interest piqued?

Everyone, please read…

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War by Sebastian Gorka.

US HERE – UK HERE

More on this HERE.

And get a Kindle!  US HERE – UK HERE

I also recommend The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy.  This explains how and why the liberal left coddles and cooperates in the destruction of Western culture.

US HERE – UK HERE

 

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13 Responses to The Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West”

  1. Clinton R. says:

    The hits just keep on coming. The fathers of the 2nd Vatican Council couldn’t in their
    wildest dreams imagine what the Catholic Church has become now. Thanks to Pope Francis and the bishops in collusion with him, their desires have been realized and then some. Praise for false religions, acceptance and glorification of sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance, endless liturgical novelties, abandonment of sound doctrine and praxis has led us to a most dismal and desperate time in the Church’s history. Once Extra Ecclesiam Nulla salus was no longer propagated, the doors were flung open to the Masonic / socialist idea of the equality of religions. Each day we are assaulted by another scheme of the Pope’s that seeks to dilute the teachings of the Church and we are subjected to a seemingly non stop schedule of synods and conferences made up of the Church’s enemies who seek a new ‘church’ made to conform to the world’s commands, and not Christ’s. What has been centuries in the making is now here; the praise and worship of man, and the dethronement of Christ. Our hope is in God, His Bride is in unprecedented turmoil.

  2. Joseph-Mary says:

    We little people who do not count for much in this era of the Church–you know us rosary praying, “pelagian”, “rigid” ones?–we do understand about all this but the worldly power is not in our hands. So we pray because we know that God can intervene. And so can our Blessed Lady! Heaven can help us shut down abortion mills, heaven can touch hearts who have the responsibility and ministry of preaching the truth… we touch those powers that be with our rosary novenas; golly we might even count them!–and we look to the One who can truly make a difference. We see the threat of islam while those in power have been blinded by a spirit of deception.

  3. Knight from 13904 says:

    we have a great Catholic speaker on this subject that is all over YouTube. Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch. Here is link to his keynote address to a Lutheran conference recently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxUGs1zmFeQ&t=11s

  4. JustaSinner says:

    Islam is the religion of the dark one…why would I say that? Well, if the prince of lies were to create a religion/cult, what would it do? Take the Torah and the Word of God and ‘combine’ them into a ‘religion’ that was superior and would feed on the basest of human nature; lust, vanity, greed… Then give your ‘disciples’ the seal of approval to wickedly kill, maim, or subjugate any non-believers. Steal their wealth, murder them, rape their wives, enslave their children.
    Our God is the God of love. Islam’s is a weak sycophant that takes great pains to inflict pain and misery to the world.
    God loves us all…that doesn’t mean He will guarantee the path is easy…

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    Our Church no longer defends Christ, nor Catholicism, nor the Gospel, nor Christianity, nor the flock. We do not recognize what it has turned into. Only in the Latin Rite do we recognize our Catholic faith.
    One need only look at Europe to see it is too late there. The Left knows what it is doing, it hamstrung the people by putting in hate speech laws, so now people can’t complain about the fact their nation is turning into Eurabia and their neighborhoods are growing too dangerous to walk out in. This is Hell on earth, and this pope, and these bishops and Cardinals, have brought it to us. Indeed, they are still promoting it. Madness. Simply madness. It has been a long time since we listened to them on any topic. We cannot understand why anyone would, except that they have not been paying attention. This is truly, in every sense, an existential crisis. Do we want to survive, or not.
    As I once hoped good bishops and Cardinals would do more to defend Christ and the faith, I have a tiny hope the people of Europe will one day fill the streets by the hundreds of thousands, to demand change and take their nations back. They are on the brink, do they not know it?
    Europe is becoming Islamized. The governments are now supporting Islam more than the native population, by charging people with “hate speech” if they dare complain. This is nothing but diabolical insanity.

  6. MrTipsNZ says:

    Fr Boulad is quite correct but I would go further and contend that the Catholic Church is partly to blame for the collapse as the German modernists were the earliest adopters of their fellow countrymen’s (Marx & Engels) distorted ideas. The today we know really began in earnest in the late 1800s and Pope Leo XIII got the heads up via the St Michael prayer.

    Germans eh.

  7. HighMass says:

    wow, talk about being dead on!

    After our Dear Pope Benedict, decided to “retire” something was a miss, even before the Holy Father decided to call it quites, one could see the wolves in sheeps clothing.

    then when the Habemus Papem (2013) was announced one can say that ones heart really sunk as we had a hunch to what lied ahead. I have always been an advocate of Pope Benedict’s and will be until the day i die. He was right up there with St.John Paul II. oh Jesus how we need You and them now more than ever. It was said Pope Benedict (after visiting Fatima) said he hoped to live to see the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. we pray that Her triumph is closer than we all think

  8. Absit invidia says:

    Pope Benedict once made a statement concerning the liturgy (although it also applies to the West in general) something near to:

    “We have passed from self criticism to self destruction.”

    This pervasive mentality has poisoned an entire hemisphere.

  9. Absit invidia says:

    … the mentality of the modern West leftist that is, not Pope Benedict

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Great interview. Here’s a few notes on this topic, sourced from FrontPage Magazine, Daniel Pipes, Waller Newell, etc. Also, zombietime(dot)org has a wide collection of photos from Leftist protests. Some photos show protesters with pro-Islamist clothing, signs, banners, etc.

    – This appeasement or cooperation with Islam that Fr. Boulad talks about is also known as “Islamo-Leftism” or the “Black-Green Alliance.”

    – Islamists and Leftists (be they in the Church, government, media, academia, etc.) share a hatred of (or at least a disgust of) Western civilization, the traditional Catholic Church, Jews, the U.S. as a Constitutional Republic, etc.

    – Islamists and Leftists share a zeal for revolution, violence, and, sometimes, death. Though Sharia law imposes severe penalties on homosexuals and severe restrictions on females, many on the Left view the Islamists as useful allies against the West/traditional Church/the U.S./conservatives etc. Islamists tend to view Leftists as “useful idiots.”

    – For both Islamists and Leftists, combining forces on the street, in the courtroom, and at the ballot box allow both Islamists and Leftists to increase their power.

    – There is an element of the “kindred spirit” at work in Islamo-Leftism. Despite several obvious disagreements, both Islamists and Leftists are tyrants at heart who agree on the need for “revolution” and a man-made heaven on earth. Here are just a few examples of odd pairings taken from news articles:

    a. British politician Ken Livingstone and Yusuf alQaradawi.
    b. Professor Noam Chomsky and Hassan Nasrallah.
    c. Linda Sarsour and Bill deBlasio.
    d. Chavez of Venezuela and Ahmadinejad of Iran.

    Carlos the Jackal, the 1970s Marxist terrorist turned Islamist, wrote that only an alliance of Islamists and Marxists can destroy the West.

    – The “Dabiq” magazine pictured above is being supplemented/replaced by “Rumiyah” (Rome). There is a passage from the Hadith: “rest from Jihad only beneath the olive trees of Rome.”

    Hopefully, at least some liberal clergy, religious, and laity will read this NC Register interview and learn something from it (and then say a Rosary and go to Confession). They also may want to recall the Muslim raid on Rome in 846. Liberals or “progressives” or crypto-Lutherans, no matter where they are in the Church, are playing with fire- just my two cents.

  11. Maineman1 says:

    If we want to halt the expansion of Islamist Sharia law in the West, then we MUST halt mass immigration and refugee resettlement. The growth of Sharia law is directly correlated to mass, unhindered immigration.

    Every American and Western patriot should be actively involved in immigration reduction organizations TODAY and FIGHT for legislation to HALT mass immigration.

    Focus on the primary problem, and target it with real solutions. Corrective vs. reparative maintenance.

  12. SKAY says:

    Maineman1 said:
    “Every American and Western patriot should be actively involved in immigration reduction organizations TODAY and FIGHT for legislation to HALT mass immigration.”

    We have left wing groups and judges appointed by Obama and Clinton that are trying
    to stop any regulation by the President or law passed concerning the borders that is intended
    to protect this country and it’s citizens. They want completely open borders and the destruction of
    this country as founded. The use of violence is quite acceptable to them and we have seen in recent days.

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