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Nuns Flee Muslim Guerrillas in the Philippines

by Christopher A. Ferrara

As the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Sodano, assures us that the World Trade Center attack had nothing to do with the Islamic religion but was an event with “an ethnic and a cultural valence” -- whatever that means -- Islamic fundamentalism continues to threaten the Catholic Church, just as it has for the past dozen centuries.

From Manilla, Zenit.org reports that “fear of Muslim guerillas has compelled a community of Carmelite nuns in Marawi, southern Philippines, to abandon their convent.” (September 21, 2001) The guerrillas belong to something called the Abu Sayyaf movement, which not surprisingly has ties to Osama bin Laden and his piles of money. Zenit notes that this group emerged in 1991 to demand the “establishment of an Islamic state in Basilan,” an island south of the Philippines archipelago. The group made a name for itself with kidnappings and decapitation murders.

But of course, this kind of thing has nothing to do with religion. /

Has the Vatican apparatus forgotten the entire history of Islam? Does it not understand that Mohammed was an enemy of Christ, who declared the Holy Trinity to be blasphemy and launched his man-made religion on a more or less continuous holy war against the Catholic Church? Do Cardinal Sodano and his collaborators really believe that Islam can be purged of its anti-Christian elements and turned into some sort of bland variety of monotheism?

All over the world Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise, as the once-Catholic nations of the West, enslaved by the modern error of untrammeled “religious liberty” for even the most diabolical of religious sects, find themselves utterly defenseless against the enemies of Christ and His Church. It was this very state of affairs which the Virgin Mary foresaw when She came to Fatima to proclaim: “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart ... In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and a period of peace will be given to mankind.”

These words of the Mother of God bear no resemblance to the Vatican’s current agenda of pan-religious brotherhood and Vatican state dinners with the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev, whom Cardinal Sodano credits with “the triumph of liberty” in Russia.

To Cardinal Sodano one must say, with all due respect, that the current state of the world has everything to do with religion. Just as Pius XI warned some 80 years ago, the religion established by Christ is despised by the governments of all nations and civilization is tottering to its fall. Meanwhile, Islamic states full of fervent believers in the god of Mohammed are rising everywhere to fill the resulting spiritual vacuum. These are the consequences of the spread of Russia’s errors throughout the world.

How the Vatican apparatus can fail to recognize the fundamental dynamic of world events today is a complete mystery. But what else is to be expected from those who tell us, despite all the evidence of our senses, that Fatima is finished?