America Magazine Frets over Catholics’ Lack of Love for Islam
by Christopher A. Ferrara
April 12, 2017
The entire history of Islam has been one of warfare against Christ and His Church. One commentator notes that 25% of the 196 Popes who have lived since the time of Muhammad’s death, 52 Popes in all, have “been directly involved in fighting against Islam and Muslims in some form or another.” As recently as 1925, Pius XI directed the entire Church to make an Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart on the traditional Feast of Christ the King. In the consecratory text promulgated by Pius XI (which is still recited today in churches that offer the traditional Latin Mass and follow the traditional liturgical calendar) we read: “Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God.”
Then came Vatican II and Nostra Aetate, which supposedly ushered in a new era of “respect” for a religion whose very mission is to destroy the Church and establish a worldwide caliphate, even if “moderate Muslims” are not actively involved in the endless jihad that Islam commands. We have seen the results of the Church’s “new orientation” toward what Pius XI rightly described as “the darkness of Islam”: mass murder and brutal persecution of Christians by militant Muslims and the continued reduction of Christians to second-class citizenship even in “developed” and “moderate” Muslim nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where Christian proselytizing is forbidden and the penalty for apostasy from Islam is death.
Indeed, in the “moderate” Muslim nation of Pakistan, “Christian minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Muslim politician Salmaan Taseer were both assassinated for advocating” on behalf of Asia Bibi, sentenced to death seven years ago for alleged “blasphemy” against Islam and still languishing in a jail cell in Lahore, her barbaric death sentence suspended during her seemingly endless appeal to Pakistan’s high court. Meanwhile, “[f]ifteen Pakistani Christians are currently believed to be facing the death penalty for blasphemy, including Sawan Masih, whose alleged blasphemy during a conversation with a Muslim friend in March 2013 resulted in the looting and torching of hundreds of homes within the predominantly Christian Joseph Colony in which he lived.”
But it seems the Vatican’s post-conciliar group hug of Islam has not really changed the ordinary Catholic’s instinctual view of the religion of darkness. Now America magazine, the ultra-liberal Jesuit review that is a primary forum for the promotion of Bergoglian novelties, frets over the lack of love for Islam among American Catholics. America laments the finding by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA) “that Catholics often have negative or limited views about Islam” and that “three in 10 Catholics admit to having unfavorable views about Muslims.”
What? Unfavorable views about Muslims? What could possibly be the basis for an unfavorable view of “the religion of peace” that Islam is supposed to be? Perhaps it has something to do with the inconvenient fact that virtually every act of terror committed in Western nations today is committed by a follower of Muhammad and in the name of Allah. Perhaps it relates to the reality that our entire civilization has been turned into a vast security checkpoint precisely because followers of Muhammad — and only followers of Mohammad — are determined to kill those who reject their religion. Or perhaps this disdain of Islam stems from the tendency of followers of Muhammad to slaughter Christians in the Middle East and Africa for no other reason than that they are Christians, along with any Muslims who might be insufficiently compliant with their tyrannical regimes.
America is shocked — shocked! — to learn from the CARA survey that “so few Catholics have heard of ‘Nostra Aetate,’ the Second Vatican Council document on the Catholic Church’s relations with non-Christian religions.”
That’s actually good news! For Nostra Aetate is a totally unprecedented and hopelessly naïve assessment of the value of other religions that offers nothing but dubious opinions, never expressed by any previous Pope or Council, that cannot possibly bind the Catholic conscience. Among them is this whopper, which turns all prior teaching against Islam on its head: “The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men…” — spoken to men through Muhammad, the self-anointed prophet of Allah, who commands Muslims to subdue the world for Islam, which they are attempting to do at this very moment in keeping with the entire history of Muhammad’s religion.
The widespread ignorance of this unfortunate document, which attempts to paint a happy face on the evils of Islam, leaves Catholics free to be guided by something of greater importance: the real world, which Pope Bergoglio and his fellow defenders of Islam would have us ignore in favor of the fatuous sentimentality that has replaced sound doctrine and sober prudence in the generality of churchmen since Vatican II.