Skip to comments.After Controversial Video, Vatican Hosts Serious Discussion on Islam
Posted on 10/22/2012 8:33:30 AM PDT by marshmallow
VATICAN CITY As a Vatican delegation prepares to leave for civil war-torn Syria, the Catholic Churchs fraught relation with Islam has emerged as one of the main themes at a major gathering of the worlds bishops in Rome.
The debate was stirred by a leading cardinal who, on Saturday (Oct. 13), showed a controversial video called Muslim Demographics which purports to show Islams growing global influence. The video was shown during a Vatican-organized synod of bishops on new ways to evangelize in the modern world.
The accuracy of the seven-minute videos data and projections have been sharply disputed and criticized by experts since its emergence in 2009, but the film sparked renewed soul-searching among Catholic leaders on the churchs stance towards the growth of Islam in the West and in Africa.
Highlighting the sensitivity of the issue, the Vatican was quick to distance itself from the video and its contents. The cardinal who showed it, Ghanas Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican office for justice and peace, has apologized.
According to the Rev. Samir Khalil Samir, an Islam expert at the synod, some bishops were highly critical of the video and questioned its data and assertions. Others, such as Germany Cardinal Joachim Meisner, considered it a warning that the church must, at least in some measure, heed.
The Demographics debate erupted just as the Vatican was displaying renewed concern over the fate of Christian minorities in the Middle East. On Wednesday the Vatican announced the imminent departure of a high-level delegation to Syria.
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You can’t have a “serious” discussion about Islam without talking about their constant threats about ‘beheading infidels’.
It’s very difficult. The video was true, and if anyone knows about this issue first hand, it’s an African bishop.
BUT. If the Vatican discusses this too openly, it risks the lives of Catholics in Muslim countries all over the world.
I think it’s clear that Pope Benedict understands the problem. But what can he do about it, other than to urge the Christians in Muslim countries to keep the faith? Any open discussion, outside of closed doors, and the Muzzies will fly into a rage and start murdering Christian children and burning down churches all over the place.
—At a higher rate than they are already doing.
Peace is when everyone submits to Islam. There is no “discussion” with this ideological mindset. The Catholic Church is cowering and refuses to take a stand against the most insidious evil of our time.
We are at war and they refuse to lead and are submitting......inch by inch.....this submission has been in the works for decades by infiltration of Marxists into the Catholic Church since the Piltdown Jesuit. (or maybe before). This is being orchestrated and controlled from the inside. It is time to clean out the “Catholic” church and allow the True Church to take a firm stand against such evil. There is nothing “good” about islam. There can be no “ecumenicalism”-—which is just about polluting Christianity with heresy.
Dear Holy Father. There will be no Vatican, no Vatican City, no St Peter’s Basilica if the religion of peace keeps breeding like it is.
They don’t want to live in peace with you. Being nice with them is nice, but they still hate us.
Get real. Act to defend the church or there won’t be a church.
Just as it's not the aggression of Muslims that endangers us as much as the intentional pre-emptive surrender of the Christians (and post-Christians).
It's not their "pluses," it's our "minuses." At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum.