Skip to comments.Catholics Killed at Mass in Iraq: Extremist Muslims invade Church, Murder Priest
Posted on 11/01/2010 5:53:37 AM PDT by tcg
They gathered in Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church for an evening Mass. They are members of an increasingly besieged and forgotten minority in Iraq, Catholic Christians. Their herosm and love for the Lord has inspired them to continue to practice the ancient faith in the midst of what is a steadily deteriorating situation for them in this land they have called home for centuries.
Our Lady of Salvation Church is no stranger to violence. Churches have been bombed before in Iraq, including Our Lady of Salvation. The Christian faithful have had to contend with an increasingly hostile culture. However, never before have they experienced the horror of what happened this past Sunday when terrorists invaded a Church as the Holy Mass was set to begin, killed the priest and held the worshippers hostage for four hours. It ended with at least 52 dead, others injued, and our brothers and sisters in Iraq devastated.
Reports confirm that 120 of the faithful had gathered to hear the Gospel proclaimed, participate in the Liturgy, and receive the Holy Eucharist. There were women, men and children. One eyewitness who had been inside the Church when the terrorists entered the sanctuary told European news sources that the armed terrorists "came into the prayer hall and immediately killed the priest". Out of fear the witness would not identify himself. However, he also attested to the brutality of the terrorists. He indicated that they beat the worshippers and then herded them into an inner hall...
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The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this.
“The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this.”
Just what do you propose that they DO about this?
Yet, during a war, we cannot enter mosques? Yeah okay.
Muslims will burn in Hell for all eternity.
They know they’re in a violent area and situation. The church should at the very least, arm themselves or have armed security to match their enemies as best they can. I’m catholic and I support this strategy.
I was finally Confirmed in the Catholic Church this weekend...(long story on why it didn’t happen sooner as a kid, I am 36 now). Anyway, the church appears to be more liberal than ever Priest and Bishop wise...but..you could get a sense when the Bishop was addressing some issues lightly with regards to the Islamic faith...that they are indeed on alert and Christ will win this one in the end.
The Cathollic Church or Vatican announced Saturday that Israel has no right to the holy land. That it is not the ‘chosen’ people since our Messiah made that null and void. They went full on into replacement theology and are now in my opinion an apostate religion.
I would think this should be the lead story around the world. How barbaric.
....The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this....
The Lord will never abandon his Pilgrim Church on Earth, his bride forever. With God on our side, what earthly thing is beyond us? Remember the Martyrs in our prayers.
They could at least SAY something about it.
But I bet you’ll hear not a word about this from official Catholic sources, particularly in the US, but even in Rome. They’re too busy being “ecumenical” (ignoring the fact that this word covers only other Christian churches and not Muslims) and left-wing. It’s forbidden to speak honestly of Islam, remember?
The Synod of Eastern Rite Bishops got a lot of criticism for their anti-Israel statement (although it actually did not sum up their talks, but basically was the summary by an AMERICAN Greek-Rite bishop). But what is worse is that in their statement, they were actually very objective and firm about Islam, its proseletysing by violence and force, its attempts to exterminate Christians, its violation of human rights, etc. But this appeared only in the first transcripts that came out.
When the official version, as edited by Fr. Lombardi, was published, virtually all negative references to Islam had been removed. The statement was meaningless.
One would think that....however, this is not an unusual story...muslims invading a Christian church, killing, brutality. Nothing new, ho hum.
That was a statement by an AMERICAN Greek-Rite bishop who “summarized” the conference, although most of the rest of the conference was primarily about Islam and how the Church in the Middle East can defend itself. Curiously enough, virtually all of that was deleted from the final statement, probably by lefties in the Vatican press service.
Were the attackers Muslim, Muslim Fundamentalists or Muslim Extemists?
They were Muslims. There really isn’t a difference; it’s just how far the virus has eaten into their brains.
Can you provide a link?
They were devout Muslims practicing their faith.
Just what do you propose that they DO about this?
Haven't you ever heard of the Vatican Swiss Guards' Special Forces? /sarc
Nothing good can come from this. Such a terrible thing to happen.
Yet these savages want a mosque at or near Ground Zero.If that mosque were built at least the Christians and Jews would allow it to stand.
Armed guards on the outside, and armed escorts to and from Mass?
But, more importantly, the local government and people there are going to have to make it clear by force that they are willing to defend to the death a religion they don’t themselves practice. (I know, that may not happen.)
Of course, all those Catholics could be refugees and leave for the US, but Obama wants to accept Muslim refugees instead.
52 Catholics are dead in a horrific terrorist attack getting ready to attend Holy Mass and the thread turns into a Catholic Church bash-fest. Unbelievable.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The MSM is silent. Surprise anyone ?
The Priest and worshipers who died practicing our faith are siting with Jesus this morning and will enjoy the paradise of Heaven forever.
How can this be? George Bush told me Islam was a religion of peace!
These were "Good" muslims.
They would kill "bad" muslims just as soon as Jews and Christians...not to mention atheists, packers, and munchers.
I believe it. Sometimes ‘Christians’ are their own worst enemies. You know the saying that we must hang together or we will surely hang separately? I think some would rather hang separately than next to a Catholic.
Theyre too busy being ecumenical (ignoring the fact that this word covers only other Christian churches and not Muslims) and left-wing.
We discussed this in our Sunday School class yesterday. You’re absolutely right: ecumenical has come to mean saying every religion is equally valid and true. ‘Tain’t so, due to the fact that to be true to Christianity, we MUST say that all other gods are false gods.
Gee, I wonder how many of the 80,000 ‘immigrants’ Odumbo is letting into the US are Christians from muzzie countries?
A reorganized Knights Templar is the only practical answer.
I am not Catholic, but whatever our doctrinal differences (which at times can seem large) we should be able to agree on one point: the persecution of christains is unacceptable.
These people were killed because they proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ—period. That should be an affront to anyone that calls themselves a christian (Protestant, Catholic, independent Baptist, etc...)
Anyone that can brush off the massacre of a group of christians, because “they weren’t members or my denomination and we disagree too much on christian doctrine” needs to reexamine their christian beliefs now (because I gurantee there will come a day when you’ll be asked to give an account of that belief before God, and the “they weren’t members of OUR churc” excuse won’t cut it).
Probably none. Obama specifically said that he wanted to encourage Muslim immigration.
Bush tried to get Christians from Muslim territories admitted as refugees, but of course that was turned down.
Alas, that takes some spine among the leadership. They're into happy-talk, and in addition, a lot of them are in that mushy liberal land where they prefer not to think about difficult subjects.
Oh well. The disciples all ran away and left Jesus, so I suppose there's historic precedent...
Prayers for our martyred Catholic brothers and sisters ping.
Agreed. Actually, the Pope and local bishops in areas where atrocities against Catholic and Protestant Christians have happened have spoken out against it and defended the other churches, too, and they have spoken out against the atrocities committed in Africa against Evangelical groups.
Good idea, though gun control prevents that.
Extremist muslims did the attack.
Moderate muslims did what? Applaud?
Obababa to send aid (to the Catholics or the Muslims?)
“Catholics Killed at Mass in Iraq: Extremist Muslims invade Church, Murder Priest”
I disagree with the headline. These are not “extremist muslims.” Just muslims. That is just who they are.
Where is Janet Reno when we need her?
Oh wait, she only does massacures of non-Muslim churches.
And sends small children back to totalitarian countries.
Horrible. And I have not seen one mention of this on the cable news this morning.
This is the kind of typical mohammedan savagery that got the Crusades started.
Congratulations and many blessings in your Confirmation.
There’s not a whole lot of outrage over this. There was a 1000 times more outrage over the TALK about burning a savage indoctrination book than over the DEATHS of Christians.
The fullness of the Christian faith resides in the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church doesn’t do “replacement theology”. The Church originally consisted entirely of Jews, who heard and believed the Gospel. Soon afterwards, gentiles were “grafted on”, through baptism and the other sacraments, so that, in Christ, they too are heirs to God’s promises to his people. The Jews of today are beloved by God but are alienated from him, as John the Baptist and later Jesus repeatedly had warned.
Your opinion of what religion’s apostate is just that — your opinion — unless you enjoy authority from God to speak definitively on the matter. Is there something special about you that we should know?
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