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Georgetown's Muslim Prayer Room

by Christopher A. Ferrara

A recent news item out of Georgetown University provides yet another illustration of the unprecedented crisis in faith which afflicts the Catholic Church today. It seems there has been an act of vandalism at The Muslim Prayer Room in the basement of Georgetown’s Copley Hall.

Georgetown was once known as the Catholic university par excellence. But the super-dogma of pluralism does not tolerate exclusively Catholic institutions. So, Georgetown now has a Muslim Prayer Room. This is hardly surprising. What is surprising is that Georgetown had not actually converted an entire campus building into a full-fledged mosque.

We are talking about “vandalism” of a very mild sort. According to the AP news report “someone broke in, toppled a large pillar in the room, and overturned the prayer rug facing the holy city of Mecca.” No real damage was done, which suggests to me that whoever toppled the Muslim pillar and turned over the prayer rug was trying to send a rather gentle message to Georgetown’s administration: What in heaven’s name are you doing setting up Muslim temples at an institution which is supposed to be dedicated to Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity?

The news account notes that “It’s unknown who committed the vandalism, or what their intentions were, but it appears to be an act of religious intolerance.” Oh no! Not religious intolerance. This is just awful. After all, who is more tolerant of other religions than Muslims?

Georgetown’s Catholic chaplain and vice-president of Student Affairs said it all: “This disrespectful act is unacceptable, and is completely counter to our core values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and understanding.” Diversity. Inclusion. Respect and understanding. These are now the “core values” of this nominally Catholic institution. As for the divine truth of the teaching of Jesus Christ, founder of the one true Church — Who warned the world that “he who believes not shall be condemned” — this apparently is no longer a “core value” at Georgetown University. Our Lord was not very “inclusive” in His preaching. His “core values” and Georgetown’s, therefore, differ rather dramatically.

As the story goes on to say: “Islam continues to be a minority religion in America, but it’s growing thanks to immigration, conversion, and a higher-than-average birth rate among the Islamic community. In fact, according to a study released today that claims to be the first comprehensive study of Muslims in America, there’s been a 25 percent increase in the number of mosques in the U.S. in the last five years.” Ah, the wonderful fruits of the new “core values.” Islam expands, while Catholicism contracts. Truth constantly gives ground to error — just as Pope Leo XIII predicted it would in modern pluralistic regimes which treat all religions alike.

It was not so long ago that Pius XI commanded the whole Church to pray this way: “Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee . . . Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry and Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God.” But that was then, and this is now — so the Modernists say. So, pick up that fallen column and put that prayer rug back into alignment with the Holy City of Mecca. As the brilliant Dr. John Rao has observed, the dogma of pluralism makes people into mindless cheerleaders for the very thing that destroys them. So it is at once-Catholic Georgetown. And so it is throughout the world of neo-Catholicism, where the Message of Fatima is no longer heard.

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