Monday, October 13, 2014

ISIS joins every other religion in war against Catholicism

'Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'

On the same day that the official magazine of ISIS declared war on the Catholic Church, with a photoshop of their flag atop the obelisk at St. Peter's Square, the United Nations released a report stating that these men who claim to be workers of God have murdered upwards of 25,000 people along with mass rapes and enslavements.  1.8 million have been displaced this year alone by the barbarians. 

When compared to the worldwide protests against the Iraq war a decade ago, anti-ISIS demonstrations have been thin on the ground, especially from Islamic communities in the West, who have chosen instead to take a half-hearted approach to condemning people who are apparently 'hijacking' their religion. This is always followed swiftly nonetheless by the claim that they only exist because of the West's interference in Islamic affairs. 

The approach of these emigrants and even those who have remained silent whilst remaining in said Islamic countries, merely serves to highlight the differences between Islamic and Catholic principles. Catholicism is not a religion of the world. The spirit of martyrs runs deep within the soul of the Church, not because it uses it as a mode for self pity and justification as our Muslim friends do any misdeed against them, but because it can be held up as an example for how little our mortal bodies are worth when compared to our eternal souls. Every martyr's death is an affirmation that the Eternal Truth that we Catholics are keepers of is inherently more value than any array of worldly goods or rewards, it is a confrontational statement towards the world that ridicules and mocks the impulse of those who treasure the material over the spiritual.

Since the Second Vatican Council, there has been much hand wringing regarding the concept of religious liberty. Given the poor record of other faiths when it comes to their approach to Catholicism, it was a very misguided and unnecessary step to legitimise world views which are by their very conception in direct opposition to the truth of Our Lord. The jihadis encapsulate this irrational opposition to Catholicism, they hate the Church more than any other faith for the simple reason that they are not afraid to say what Protestants, Mormons and other man made distortions of the true faith hint at but never openly state, that their religion and the Catholic religion cannot both be true at one and the same time. When the spectre of evil is measured against these faiths, the question arises as to which one is the most false and therefore the most danger to the souls of the faithful if they are allowed to fester. The simple truth is that all of them are. Whereas Satanism is repeatedly held up as the sole affront to God and his plan for peace, so too are these other creations of the Prince of this World, as they keep individuals away from living a live filled with goodness and knowledge of the Gospel and Christ's love. How evil you are to suggest that only Catholics can be good! Define good. Only God is good. Since the Catholic faith, founded by Peter, appointed by Christ is his only way of living, then we cannot determine that any truths outside that are good apart from the aspects in which they do not stray from Church teaching, even so an incomplete truth is nonetheless a lie.

When we see the Jihadis murdering innocent children, gang raping women and turning them into sex slaves, we see the truth about other religions. Sure we can coexist with our neighbours who are of other faiths, we are all souls created by God. But as Pope Benedict XVI articulated in his Regensberg Lecture "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.

The Pope was roundly lambasted for having the gall to confront some home truths on this matter, but he was right. However, this sort on condemnation does not seem to have a psychological or emotional impact upon Muslims, many of whom revel in victimhood and perceived injustice. For this reason, Fulton Sheen challenged Hillaire Belloc's categorisation of the Islamic tradition as a 'heresy', for the reason that heresies fade fast and that Islam has managed to maintain a stranglehold over the Arab lands for over a millennium. Bearing in mind that faith is a gift from God, not something that can be enforced on others (contrary to their beliefs) Sheen's trust lay in the mystical and mysterious power of Our Lady to inspire conversion. Seeing as how the daughter of Muhammad was named Fatima and the daughter of the last Sultan of Portugal (who fell in love with a Catholic) was also called Fatima, perhaps there is in the message of Fatima a subtle but sure sign that we should not allow the Muslims to force us to hate them, but instead uphold our teachings regarding faith and love whilst entrusting Our Lady with the responsibility of changing their misguided hearts. As people convinced that they have the final revelation of God, mixed with a cultural and regional factor, the Islamic capacity for reason has never been one rooted in the philosophical traditions that the scholastics were able to develop for our faith. 

The Miracle of the Sun

For every child that Muslims kill because of their religion, for every woman that is raped or man who is crucified, we should look upon the Islamists with the wisdom to see it as a petty pattern of failed civilisations and beliefs. Every time that Christianity has been persecuted, it has thrived. And therein lies the truth of our faith compared to every other. We are blessed, Our Lord tells us, when others hate us and want to kill us. The world, its possessions and lust of the flesh (which these men have regardless of what they tell themselves) are things that we renounce. For it does not profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his immortal soul. When Muhammad's daughter died, she claimed that she was greater than all women except Mary. Apart from Jesus Christ being the Son of the living and Eternal God, it is hard to imagine for what reason this would be the case, assuming truth in the Quran account. As they threaten to 'break your crosses', let us remember today, on the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, that insofar as Muhammad brought nothing new to the world, so neither do ISIS. They are barbarians pure and simple who seek so enslave men into the ways of the flesh and into Satanic degradation. Be not afraid. 

Savonarola's execution is an example of the martyrdom we may all face (even when betrayed by our fellow faithful)

                         He who seeks to save his life will lose it, he who loses his life for my sake will save it

Let us thus recall the Theban legion, who died one after another at the hands of the Roman army for conversion to the Christian faith. Each of the six thousand six hundred and sixty six men was brutally murdered for refusing to desert Our Lord. May we be equally steadfast, for He never deserts us. He is with us always, even until the end of time. No amount of gun beheading can change the fact that ISIS are purveyors of a false faith, marauders of pursuits of the flesh and unclean indulgence. 

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