William Kilpatrick: Dr. Goldberg and I are both doctors, but not the kind that can help you in an emergency, so if our talks send you into shock, you’re out of luck. So, Carl’s talk will be about the threat from Islam and my talk will be about the threat from the Catholic Church. Seriously, my topic is how to get the Church to join the resistance in the fight against Islam. Now, some of the non-Catholic members of the audience may wonder what the Catholic Church has to offer in the fight against Islam.
There are approximately 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, but only about 16 million Jews. Those aren’t very good odds. However, there are about 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide.
Well, essentially, very little. Many of them are just standing on the sidelines. Why is that? Well, the chief reason is that they’re getting little guidance about Islam from Catholic leaders. For example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes only 44 words to the subject of Islam. Which is about 80 words less than the warning label on the bottle of Tylenol; except that there is no warning. Only a bland reassurance that, together with us, Muslims adore the one merciful God. That’s about all that it says in the Catechism.
Unfortunately, that has been interpreted by a good many Catholics to mean go back to sleep. Don’t worry about a thing. It’s just a tiny handful of extremists out there; the majority of Muslims are peaceful, because it’s a peaceful religion. But it’s not just that many Catholics have been lulled into complacency about Islam. The sad fact is that many of the Church leadership have become enablers of Islam.
I’ll give some examples of that shortly, but first, let me make the point that not all Catholics have lost their senses. Take Carlo Liberati, the Archbishop of Pompeii, who recently warned that Europe will soon be Muslim because of our stupidity. Well, he should know, because bad things have happened in Pompeii and it could happen again.
Or, take Jesuit Father Henri Brullard, who criticized the Pope’s policy of welcoming Muslim migrants by saying the Catholic Church has fallen into the trap of the liberal left ideology which is destroying the West. You, he wrote to the Pope, you go from concession to concession and compromise to compromise at the expense of the truth.
So, not everyone in the Church is asleep. Here’s one more example. Last month an estimated 1.5 million Polish Catholics gathered on Poland’s borders to take part in an event called the Rosary at the Borders. Significantly, the event took place on October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, one of the largest naval battles ever fought. Under the leadership of the Holy League, which had been organized by Pope Pius V, the Catholic Fleet destroyed the much larger Ottoman Fleet and saved Europe from an Islamic invasion.
Pope Pius credited the victory to Mary’s intercession and established October 7 as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, sometimes called Our Lady of Victory. Some Catholics know their history. The Poles know that Muslims have tried to invade Europe on numerous occasions and the Poles are determined that it’s not going to happen on their watch.
Having said that, it must be admitted that many Catholics are asleep to the threat, and that goes double for the Catholic leadership. It’s not an exaggeration to say that many in the leadership have become enablers of Islam. By encouraging mass Muslim migration, by peddling a rose-colored view of Islam, and by supporting Islam at every turn, Catholic leaders are aiding and abetting the spread of an aggressively anti-Christian and anti-Semitic belief system.
Catholic leaders are forever assuring us that violence has nothing to do with Islam; that terrorists pervert their faith and that, to paraphrase Pope Francis, if we speak of Muslim violence, we must speak of Catholic violence also, because it’s moral equivalence there. Well, Muslims are bad sometimes, but Catholics are real bad sometimes, so it all washes out.
Meanwhile, other Catholic authorities tell us that we must declare our solidarity with Islam, but never explain why Catholics should want to profess solidarity with a religion that executes apostates, stones adulterers, and cuts off the hands of thieves.
Meanwhile, Catholic universities have become apologists for Islam. The prime example is Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, also known as the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. It’s called that because most of the Center’s funding comes from a Saudi prince, which may explain why the Center’s chief focus is on fighting the greatest of all evils, Islamophobia. That’s pretty much what they do at the Center. They study Islamophobia and preach against it.
Other Catholic colleges give their students the impression that the Arabs created civilization, and still others celebrate International Hijab Day in order to, all together now, show their solidarity with Islam. , They don’t seem to grasp the big picture, namely that in welcoming masses of Muslim migrants, they are also welcoming the cruelties of Sharia Law, the oppression of women, the end of free speech, and the persecution of Christians and Jews.
So, the migration to Medina was really the takeoff point, or the breakout point, for Islam. That explains why the Muslim calendar begins with the year 622, which is the year of the migration. Not with the birth of Mohammed, and not with his first revelation. Moreover, Pope Francis likes to say that in the face of the migrant, we can see the face of Jesus. Moreover, Muslim migrants bring with them the seeds of the faith that he founded. Moreover, as long as we’re speaking of Jesus, why can’t we see the face of Jesus in the victims of the Muslim refugees? Those, in a sense, who have been beaten, raped, stabbed and run over?
But let’s fast forward to a 20th Century example of Catholic resistance to tyranny: The Church’s struggle against Communism. During the Cold War, under the leadership of Pope John Paul II, the Church played a major role in bringing an end to Communism in Eastern Europe.
Recently, Hungarian bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo said of Muslim migrants, “They are not refugees. This is an invasion. They come here with cries of Allah Akbar. They want to take over.” Very sensible bishop for a change.
Now, the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has also been an outspoken critic of Muslim migration and a strong advocate for recovering Europe’s Christian roots. So, a Hungarian bishop and the Hungarian prime minister want to close the borders to an Islamic invasion. So, something is stirring in Eastern Europe. There are numerous signs that resistance to Islam is really building.
Why Eastern Europe, you may ask. Well, for two reasons. First, having recently thrown off the yoke of Communism, the Eastern Europeans are not about to be subjugated by another totalitarian system. The second reason is that Catholicism, which has been in decline in Western Europe for a long time, Catholicism is still very much alive in the East. Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, for example, are Catholic majority countries. Well, Hungary’s a Catholic plurality. The others are majorities.
Of course, one can counter that France, Italy and Spain are also Catholic countries. Church attendance is very low. The great cathedrals are largely empty, except for the tours. If you’ve been to Europe you’ve probably noticed that. In Poland, the Catholics Mass at the borders. In France, they can’t be bothered to go to Mass. By the time they’ve gotten up and had their croissants and coffees, oh, it’s too late. We missed Mass again.
And it’s not just Catholics. Christianity in general has been in steep decline in Western Europe for more than half a century. And that decline paved the way for Islam. As Europeans started to lose their faith, they stopped having babies. They stopped having babies because babies got in the way of self-gratification. And also because they had nothing meaningful to pass on to the next generation. The decline of Christianity in Europe created a spiritual vacuum and a population vacuum, both of which Islam soon began to fill.
But what does the average European believe in? He believes in short work weeks, long vacations, and early retirement. That clear-eyed view can also be found in the Gospels. When Jesus sent his disciples out into the world, he cautioned them to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. Our current leaders have shown that they can be as innocent as doves. Now it’s time for them to show that they can be as wise as serpents.