Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cutting off your nose

Muslim convert quits Church, says it's too weak on Islam:

VATICAN CITY — A high-profile Italian Muslim who converted to Catholicism and was baptized by Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday (March 25) that he will leave the church to protest its soft stance against Islam.
...“The’papolatry’ that has inflamed the euphoria for Francis I and has quickly archived Benedict XVI was the last straw in an overall framework of uncertainty and doubts about the Church,” he wrote.
On Friday, Francis pledged to “intensify dialogue among the various religions,” particularly Islam.
Allam, who has called Islam an “intrinsically violent ideology,” said his main reason for leaving the church was its perceived “religious relativism, in particular the legitimization of Islam as a true religion.” 
Anyone with eyes in his head knows that the human side of the Church has frequently offered pinches of incense to the gods of political correctness in the past few decades. Catholics who are paying attention know that the missionary spirit has been somewhat lacking among certain high ranking prelates due to a misinterpretation of a passage from Lumen Gentium. Either baptism is necessary for salvation or it isn't. It doesn't do anyone any favors to hem and haw and speak of dialogue and peace. There is no peace except that found in our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Dialogue is all well and good if its purpose is to win converts.

This is not to excuse Allam's leaving the Church. No amount of sin or buffoonery from the human members of the Church invalidate the teachings of our Blessed Lord. I know that's easy to say, but I myself have struggled with reconciling the historic claims of the Church with the way she often conducts herself in the 21st century. But you don't abandon your mother when she's suffering a lack of confidence. You don't abandon her when you yourself are often responsible for her suffering. Allam will get no argument from me on the need to combat Islam. For the record, Islam is a demonically inspired false religion that must be resisted to a martyr's end if necessary.

You do not fight error with error though. You fight it with truth, love, goodness, and beauty. Those things may be lacking in some corners of the Church, but they are even more scarce outside of her. I pray he reconsiders.

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