Thursday, 9 September 2010

The Vatican: "Muslims will be majority in Europe"

Article from the Telegraph

Muslims will become majority in Europe, 
senior Vatican official warns

European Christians must have more children or face 
the prospect of the continent becoming Islamised, 
a senior Vatican official has said.

While many European Catholic bishops often defend the rights of Muslims 
to worship publicly others are more keen to protect the Christian heritage of their continent

Italian Father Piero Gheddo said that the low birth rate among indigenous Europeans combined with an unprecedented wave of Muslim immigrants with large families could see Europe becoming dominated by Islam in the space of a few generations.

"The challenge must be taken seriously," said Father Gheddo, of the Vatican's Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

"Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families – while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a much higher level of growth."

He said: "Newspapers and television programmes never speak of this. However, an answer must be given above all in the religious and cultural fields and in the area of identity."

The priest blamed Christians for failing to live up to their own beliefs and helping to create a "religious vacuum" which was being filled by Islam.

He predicted that Islam would "sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe".

"The fact is that, as a people, we are becoming ever more pagan and the religious vacuum is inevitably filled by other proposals and religious forces," he said.

Father Gheddo also said that Christians who lapsed were also making themselves vulnerable to attacks by secularists. He said when "religious practice diminishes in Christian Europe and indifference spreads, Christianity and the Church are attacked". "If we consider ourselves a Christian country, we should return to the practice of Christian life, which would also solve the problem of empty cradles," he added.

The comments of Father Gheddo come just months after a Czech cardinal also blamed lapsed Catholics for the Islamisation of Europe. On his retirement as Archbishop of Prague earlier this year, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk said Muslims were well placed to fill the spiritual void "created as Europeans systematically empty the Christian content of their lives".

He said that unless Christians woke up to the threat to their culture they would soon find they no longer have the strength to make their mark on society. He called on Christians to respond to the threat of Islamisation by living their own religious faith more observantly.

While many European Catholic bishops often defend the rights of Muslims to worship publicly others are more keen to protect the Christian heritage of their continent. Last year Cardinal Jose Policarpo, the Patriarch of Lisbon, warned Catholic women against marrying Muslims.

Italian Cardinal Giacomo Biffi has also urged the Italian government to give priority to Catholic migrants over Muslims in order to protect his country's religious identity.

The Vatican has also opposed Turkey joining the European Union partly because the Muslim country does not share the continent's Christian heritage. 

Whilst I am not a deeply religious person, of course I fully appreciate what the man is saying. 

We are wide open for a drip-fed alteration of societal attitudes and our historical societal norms, coming in the form of a "solution" to "liberal" based problems (like excessive binge drinking and antisocial behaviour which are the bane of many people's lives).

I would not personally want to see the swapping of one form of ultra-religiosity for another - but we have to be aware that the more Islam and ethnic minority populations grow and change our country, the more influence and permeation it will have throughout the country and the way it thinks and operates.

Through the doctrine of "multiculturalism", "political correctness" and "multiracialism" - our younger generations are almost totally detached from our historical identity. This means that there is generally a flapping about in the wind, and a "pliability" in the air for them to be shaped in any direction they are led - be it for global interests or for religious adherence, or both.