Outgoing Prague archbishop and head of Czech Catholics Miloslav Vlk warned of a looming "islamization" of Europe in an interview published in Prague on Tuesday.
"Europe has denied its Christian roots from which it has risen and which could give it the strength to fend off the danger that it will be conquered by Muslims -- which is actually happening gradually," Vlk said.
"If Europe doesn't change its relation to its own roots, it will be islamized," the 77-year-old cardinal, who was named Prague archbishop by pope John Paul II in 1991, added on his website www.kardinal.cz.
He blamed immigration and Muslims' high birth rate for helping Muslims to "easily fill the vacant space created as Europeans systematically empty the Christian content of their lives".
"At the end of the Middle Ages and in the early modern age, Islam failed to conquer Europe with arms. The Christians beat them then," Vlk said.
"Today, when the fighting is done with spiritualweapons which Europe lacks while Muslims are perfectly armed, the fall of Europe is looming," added the cardinal.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The European Crisis
The problem, as I have tried to stress and as Cardinal Vlk emphasizes, is not primarily with Islam -- however problematic radical Islam most certainly is. The problem is the collapse of European Christianity, or rather its massive diminution. As the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports:
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For contrast: Paul Bowles, darling of counterculture intelligensia, american expatriate writer that spent his life in Morocco writing about the muslims sympathetically, shortly before died expressed amazement at the Islamization of Europe (France in particular). He said it was incredible that the French were allowing it to happen.
From an interview with Bowles:
"Do Moslems believe in guilt?
No. Guilt has to do with logic, and responsibility certainly has to do with logic. Perhaps the Moroccans adopted the idea of Mektoub because they weren't ready for a relgion which provided logic and guilt and responsiblity."
excerpt from interview on paulbowles.org
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