The Paris Massacres:
Are You Surprised?
by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 12, 2015
Muslims now comprise nearly eight percent of the total population of the once Catholic country of France — the largest Muslim population in Europe. In Paris, where Muslim terrorists have slaughtered carefully targeted personnel at the sleazy Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine for having insulted “the Prophet,” Islamic mini-states already exist within the city limits. With the non-Muslim birthrate now below replacement level while Muslim families of six and more children are the norm, it is only a matter of time before France faces what the great Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc predicted back in 1936: the return of Islamic power in Europe.
Writing in The Great Heresies just before the start of World War II, Belloc observed that “the suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic, but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediate past: one might say that they are blinded by it.” What the men of former Christendom had failed to see at the time was the very fact of former Christendom, and the consequences of what was already an evident process of civilizational apostasy — the very crisis Our Lady of Fatima had provided the means to overcome, if only the leaders of the Church would obey Her. Indeed, the very village of Fatima is named after the Princess of Ourem, who converted to Catholicism and abandoned the Muslim name that now identifies the place of the Fatima apparitions.
What Belloc saw in 1936 was that “the decay of a religion involves the decay of the culture corresponding to it. We see that most clearly in the breakdown of Christendom today. The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancestral doctrines; the very structure of our society is dissolving.” What took the place of Christendom — mere nationalism or the worship of the modern-nation state — was but a recipe for war, just as Our Lady warned at Fatima.
But as for Islam, Belloc noted, “there has been no such dissolution of ancestral doctrine… nothing corresponding to the universal break-up of religion in Europe. The whole spiritual strength of Islam is still present in the masses of Syria and Anatolia, of the East Asian mountains, of Arabia, Egypt and North Africa. The final fruit of this tenacity, the second period of Islamic power, may be delayed: but I doubt whether it can be permanently postponed.”
The day Belloc predicted has arrived. Yet even in the midst of Islam’s resurgence in Europe, with the evidence of its innate propensity to savagery and violence which is impossible to ignore, Catholic churchmen, the Pope among them, continue to deny that events like that which has taken place in Paris have anything do with Islam, with whose leaders they continue an utterly pointless and fruitless “dialogue” in the name of Vatican II.
Yet it was Pope Benedict XVI, in the famous Regensburg address, who risked death merely by quoting a scholar who in turn had quoted the Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus in his legitimate dialogue with a Persian interlocutor on the differences between Christianity and Islam. The emperor, the Pope noted, posed this proposition: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Merely for having quoted this historical document, Pope Benedict exposed himself to the very sword that has just been wielded by Muslim fanatics in a Paris that is slowly but inevitably becoming an Islamic enclave.
What Belloc did not foresee, however, was that the breakup of Christianity that had paved the way for Islam’s return to Europe would extend even into the human element of the Catholic Church itself, and that churchmen, busying themselves with “interreligious dialogue” in a pluralist society, would become mindless cheerleaders for the very thing that destroys them, denying to the very end that Islam has anything to do with violence. So bad has the situation become that even a French Jewish intellectual, Erik Zemmour, refers to Francis (whatever his subjective intentions might be) as “a post-Christian pope. An adherent of a Christianity without dogmas, who is adored by contemporary Progressives who have thrown away what is Sacred into the dustbins of history.”
When even a Jewish intellectual says this about the state of the Church today, one can be certain that we have entered the final days of the epoch predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima, during which we witness — to quote Benedict XVI during his own pilgrimage to Fatima — “realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident,” including the reality that “the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way…”
As if to comment on the dogma-free notion of “mercy” that has become the watchword under Francis, Pope Benedict warned on that occasion: “Forgiveness does not replace justice.” As so many of the Church’s leaders surrender to the rise of Islam in Europe and to the spirit of the world in general, may Our Lady of Fatima intercede to spare the Church and the world from the justice of a divine chastisement the likes of which mankind has never seen — a chastisement that can be avoided only by the means She Herself prescribed: the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.