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Monday, October 15, 2012

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When Christians hear the words 'muslim' or 'islam', it seems to me one of two things happen - either it's as if the words were never uttered, or the praises of the aforementioned start up. There is a determination that, unlike the all too obvious evils athiesm, that Islam makes a theistic claim absolves it of being recognised as evil. Muslim immigration and the Church's co-operation with Muslim organisations are lauded as 'a gift of God'. 'Which' god? Is there some warpy qrislam future they're looking towards? - there would have to be, since the Muslim Jesus' second coming is to team up with their messiah in order to 'break the cross' and force all Christians to Islam. Is this soft apostasy? I would see no difference in someone trying to convince me that the spread of Church of Anton Le Vey is a gift of God.

Until recently this was the stance of the Church on Islam:

Pope Callixtus III

"I vow to exalt the true Faith, and to extirpate the diabolical sect of the reprobate and faithless momahomet in the east

1456 Bull Ist Sunday of each month processions were to be made in every diocese in order to pray that the threatened Turkish invasion might be averted; the Missa contra Paganos (Mass against the pagan) was to be said and a suitable discourse to the assembled people. Every priest was to pray this prayer at every Mass: Almighty and everlasting God, to Whom all power belongs and in Whose Hands are the rights of all nations, protect thy Christian people and crush by THy power the pagans who trust in their fierceness


Pope Eugene IV 1443

There is hope that very many from the abominable sect of mahomet will be converted to the Catholic faith.


Pope Pius II 1462

Turn the anger of the Almighty against the godless Turks and Barbarians who despise Christ the Lord

1459 They have slain the successor of Constantine and his people, desecrated the temples of the Lord, defiled the noble church of Justinian with their mahometan abominations - each success will only be a stepping stone until he has mastered all the western monarchs, overthrown the Christian Faith, and imposed the law of his false prophet on the whole world.

Pope Clement V

1311-12

It's an insult to the Holy Name and a disgrace to the Christian faith that in certain parts of the Christian world, the followers of Islam are allowed to meet in their temples in which the Saracens meet to adore the infidel mahomet, and they loudly invoke and extoll his name each day at certain hours from high places. This brings disrepute to our faith and gives great scandal to the faithful, these practices cannot be tolerated without displeasing the divine majesty, we enjoin on Catholics one and all. They are to forbid expressly the public invocation of the sacrilegious name of Mahomet

Leo X

1517 The Turks and other infidels treat the Way of True Light and Salvation wit complete contempt and totally unyielding blindness

Pope Benedict XIV

1754 Turkish or mahommeten names are forbidden be given in baptism of children and adults.

More recently William Kilpatrick gives us a timely summation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqCfkxCbFJo

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