May 8, 2006
'Allah' Takes Over Catholic Church In BelgiumTopics: Dhimmitude
As a Catholic, I'm very much in favor of ecumenism, including greater cooperation and improved uderstanding between Christians, Jews, and Muslims. However, when it comes to Bishops opening their churches to illegal immigrants in order to pressure the Belgian authorities to allow the immigrants to stay in the country, altering the inside of a Catholic church, and especially moving the altar and covering the statue of Our Lady to hide her from the eyes of the Muslim believers, we have left the realm of Christian charity and reached into the bottomless and dangerous well of voluntary dhimmitude.
While Western Europe is turning Muslim, its Christian Churches are committing suicide. A Muslim would never allow his mosque to be turned into a dormitory for non-believers. This, however, is exactly what the Belgian Catholic Church is doing. The Belgian Bishops have already opened up 20 churches and chapels to illegal immigrants - so-called "sans-papiers" or "people without papers [=staying permits]" - who by Belgian law have to be expelled.I happen to volunteer almost all of my spare time to Catholic Charities and particularly, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - where I am very much accustomed to working with and helping people of all faiths. As a matter of fact, 95% of the people we help are NOT Catholic, and fall in a range of folks from the Protestant, Jewish, or Muslim faith, with many others who will proclaim to be whatever you want them to say, just to get help. In other words, I'm a very big believer in Mother Teresa's doctrine, described in her statement that:
The illegal immigrants have been told that they are safe in the churches because the authorities will refrain from entering the buildings out of respect for the Catholic Church. It is strange that the Church should insinuate that there is some type of persecution considering that the Belgian authorities never organised searches for illegal immigrants, and hardly ever expel even criminals. The number of people camping in churches so far varies from 100 to 700. More than 160 immigrants in the churches have also gone on hunger strike. The church authorities say they are offering "church asylum" to the "sans-papiers."
The Belgian Bishops are so ignorant that they do not see what is going on: their churches are being turned into mosques before their very eyes.
The Muslim squatters hold Islamic prayer services in the church. The altar has been moved and the statue of Our Lady covered by a cloth to hide her from the eyes of the Muslim believers.
"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs--all different religions. But they all come to our prayers."Note here that the percentage of non-Catholics helped by SSVDP in our area is the same percentage helped by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a condition that one will find holds true throughout much of the world, and which substantiates my claim here that helping people in need is paramount in the mindset of the Catholic church.
With this point in mind, one can accurately say that the Church encourages ecumenism, but on the other hand, what the Belgium Bishops are doing is in fact turning their back on the symbols and traditions of the Christian church while at the same time handing Islamists an easily-won victory, giving Islamism preference and position over Christianity and a socio-political tool that works against the wishes of the Belgium society and the Belgium government, and taking yet another step toward Islamicizing Europe. Some Christians have decried as faithless pessimism those who predict the Islamization of Europe before the end of the century. However, it must be remembered that the region which is now Pakistan and Afghanistan was once Christian, as was North Africa. The Church was completely eradicated from these areas by the advance of Islam. It would surely be arrogant to think that this could never happen to the Church in Europe. As individual Christians we must love our Muslim neighbors and forgive any wrongs done to us. But as a community the Church must defend herself, as well as the Judaeo-Christian heritage with which Europe is blessed. For this her leaders need great wisdom and courage, something not being expressed by certain Belgium Bishops.
After all, sacrificing the traditions and sanctity of the Church is unnecesary - there are 380 mosques in Belgium and Islam is among the six religions officially recognized by the government, entitling it to, among other things, subsidies. And were the situation reversed, I wouldn't expect Muslims to change the interior of their mosque in order that Christians "not be offended" if allowed (which they wouldn't be) to have a Christian service inside a mosque! However, we can be quite certain that "A Muslim would never allow his mosque to be turned into a dormitory for non-believers."
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Posted by Richard at May 8, 2006 12:18 PM
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