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The Popes against Islam

by Augustinus

The Popes against Islam

Up until 30 years ago, the Popes have been the most consistent, most implacable and most effective enemies of Islam in history. The ancient Zoroastrian Persian emperors who had ruled most of the world until the advent of Islam folded under the onslaught of Islamic armies. The Byzantine emperors fought valiantly but failed. The Emperors of the western Holy Roman Empire, particularly the Hapsburg emperors, were consistently anti-Islam and led several successful struggles against Islamic armies—but they too were too often distracted with rivalries with other European powers to play a central role in the defeat of Islamic aggression against Europe. The Mongols battered Islam but they were weak ideologically and spiritually and so were ultimately either converted to Islam and just faded away into the mists of history. The Confucian Emperors of China were consistently anti-Islam but they were less threatened by Islamic armies than the rest of the world so they never had to confront Islam ideologically as did the rest of the world. The Hindu and Buddhist emperors in India have for centuries fought Islam but were too divided to prevent conquest and forced conversions of population in the North of India.

The only enemies Islam has never defeated are the Popes…at least until now.

Papal enmity against Islam began with the birth of Islam. They right at the beginning branded Islam a heresy and that has been the church’s position ever since. Gregory III (731-741) convinced Charles Martel to fight against invading Muslims at Tours (732). Without that victory Islam may have conquered France. Leo IV (847-855) himself fought at the battle of Ostia, saving Italy from Islam. Alexander II (1061-1073) funded the beginning of the reconquest of Spain. Urban II called for the crusade for the Holy Land at Clermont in 1095. Two hundred years of crusades would follow with many conquests by the West in the Holy Land but ultimate defeat due to internal divisions among European powers. There followed, from the 1300s to the 1800s, 500 years of repeated assaults of Islamic armies against Christendom. The climax of Islamic destruction of Christianity came with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The Popes had worked feverishly to awaken Europe to come to the defense of the Byzantines –all to no avail. Nevertheless, the Popes began again to chalk up victories against Islam. Pius V (1566-1577) organized the resistance at the great naval battle of Lepanto and Innocent XI both funded and organized resistance at the great siege of Vienna (1683) and Innocent XIII did the same for the battle of Malta (1726-24). These 3 battles, Lepanto, Vienna and Malta literally saved Europe from becoming Muslim as the Ottomans finally began to decline militarily and ideologically.

The post Vatican II Popes have attempted to emphasize the good things about Islam (they venerate Mary for example) and to cultivate cordial relations with Islam. I think this is a terrible mistake. We all need to awaken to the mortal threat to Christianity that is Islam

Trinitarianism as a defining mark of true doctrine

By Augustinus

The central event in world history was the incarnation; i.e. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The appearance among us of the Word made flesh revealed the trinitarian nature of the Godhead…Jesus referred to his Father and to a Holy Spirit as equal in dignity and power. Many people cannot cognize One God in three persons. Those who cannot SEE this central fact of revelation history become captured by ideologies that are essentially in reaction to the trinitarian revelation. Rabbinic Judaism was the first reaction against Christian trinitarianism. They accepted ONe God but could not perceive its three-personed nature despite the many references to the trinity in the old Hebrew scripture. The Greek, Pagan and Roman world  rejected trinitarianism  outright, except for Plotinus. The Northern European Barbarians also rejected trinitarianism preferring instead the Arian heresy.

Of course the most vehement rejection of trinitarianism came from Islam. Islam not only rejected the trinity outright as did the the rationalist Greek and Romans, Islam rejected the trinity not on rational grounds but on grounds of pretended revelation. Islam never produced a sustained rationalist tradition. It never even produced one or two outstanding philosophers like Plotinus who arrived at an intuition of the trinity by rational means alone. Instead there has been a consistent fanatical rejection of trinitarianism as a form of paganism.

Other religions have produced intuitions of the trinity such as the Hindu, the Zoroastrians and a few others. But the clearest revelation ocurred in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

Marion Marechal-Le Pen has spoken the truth again in France.

By Augustinus

Marion Marechal -Le Pen has spoken the truth again in France.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/07/23/national-front-mp-either-we-kill-islamism-or-it-will-kill-us/

She has thrown down the guantlet to her fellow citizens…telling them that it is time to make a choice regarding Islam. ” Either we kill Islamism or it will kill us again and again. You are with us and against Islamism, or you are against us and for Islamism… Those who choose the status quo become complicit with our enemies.”

She has been vilified by the left in France and Europe because she is a staunch Catholic against abortion and for traditional marriage and so forth. She has received death threats almost daily from Islamists and from European leftists for being a “bigoted Catholic”. But those threats have not silenced her.

How I wish there was a politician of her honesty and courage here in America. Trump has said some things that reflect common sense such as tightening our borders and using better criteria to screen Muslim immigrants and so forth but he is no Marion Marechal-Le Pen! Marion is rooted in her religious convictions. All of her political positions flow from her Catholic vision of culture and social life. Trump appears to have no strong religious vision.

Sometimes I prefer individuals without any strong vision at all-religious or otherwise. After all it is the maniacs who are driven by strong visions to reform the broken world who are willing to mow down villages and create a heap of corpses in order to create that utopian vision. The ones filled with passionate intensity are often the most dangerous.

On the other hand the first duty of any thinking man is to divine the times; to understand the historical moment and that is what Marion has that no other politician, European or American, has–the ability to see the present danger clearly and soberly. Churchill had it with regard to Hitler in the 1930s. Eisenhower had it with regard to the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

Who in America sees the danger of Islam? As Cardinal Burke pointed out recently Islam is not like Christianity. It has no consistent tradition of the “two swords” or Pope versus Emperor – of separation of religion and state. While Christ said render unto Caesar what is Caesars….Mohammed was from the beginning both religious Head AND political/military ruler.

Even if the majority of Muslims are well-meaning decent human beings who just want to live their lives in peace and do the best for their kids (and I believe this IS the case), their religious ideology, unfortunately, militates against their own wishes to be left in peace. Inherent in Islamic Koranic theology and “scripture”, hadiths (traditions), doctrine, law, and history is that Islam must rule. The Umma must be established worldwide. Historically military conquest has been the way Islam has spread and the conquered peoples were given the choice of conversion or death. In some “tolerant” places the conquered were allowed to live but not to reproduce. That is why Christianity died out in all formerly Byzantine cities conquered by Islam down through the centuries.

Marion Marechal Le Pen is right we are now approaching the time where every Christian has to choose sides: Islam or Christianity.

The clash of religions

By Augustinus

We have all heard about the clash of civilizations but if you really study history you will see that it is religion that soaks the earth in blood. “Civilizations” are an abstraction–a fiction invented by historians searching for a clue as to how to understand historical change. The things that move the earth and cause historical change are the things that people are willing to die for-family, tribe and religion. Actually, all we need to say is religion as religion is the thing that makes the other two values, family and tribe, possible.

If you were a seasoned diplomat, surveying the balance of forces today in the world you would of course look at nation states and the economic and military forces associated with each nation state. But nation states can crumble overnight and then tribal and religious loyalities remain and take over. So a seasoned diplomat has to look at the religious forces within each nation to really understand its stability and ability to project force.

What then is the balance of power within the world today? What ideas command men’s loyalities around the world today? The religion called neoliberalism or secularism has largely captured the world’s elites and it therefore rules the world today. It is the bithchild of internationalist Marxist-Leninist communism and what was left of Protestant Christianity in Europe and the Americas. Like all new religious movements the neoliberals cherish their new gods and rituals and they look with disdain on traditional religions. They are allied with the remaining communist regimes like China and Vietnam and they attempt to stamp out the old religions in every nation state where they hold power which includes most of western Europe, most of the America’s and most of Asia and the south Pacific. In the past 20 years neoliberalism has attempted to make inroads into the middle east. It has failed for the most part… with most of the Shia states rejecting the religion. The Sunni states partially embraced the heresy as it was in their economic interests to do so being the world’s largest oil producers. But because the Shia states rejected the religion they needed to be destroyed, thus the wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Afghanistan and Libya were special cases. The Afghans sided with the rejectionist camp within Islam and therefore had to be destroyed and  Gaddafi was not a reliable ally to the neoliberals so Libya had to be destroyed. Israel was created after WWII under the influence of the neoliberal ideology calling itself a socialist state but the inherent contradictions between neoliberal ideals and the ethnocentrism of Judaism made it impossible to maintain the illusion forever and in recent years Israel has rejected the ideology of neoliberalism–especially its central religious tenet “diversity”.

Other opponents to neoliberalism include the Orthodox communions in eastern Europe and Russia.  Large swaths of the Muslim world (e.g. Pakistan), and the traditional Hindus in India vacillate back and forth between embracing the neoliberal ideology and rejecting it outright.

Within the belly of the beast in North America and Europe the protestant communities have largely embraced the heresy wholesale and therefore these communities are disappearing altogether. The Roman Catholic church is divided. Its official doctrine is in obvious contradiction to all of the neoliberal doctrines so the catholic church has been under constant attack from the neoliberals for decades.

The crisis in the Church is due to the embrace of neoliberalism by many in the Church in obvious and flagrant contradiction to settled dogma and doctrine. So what is to be done?

The first step in any war is to identify the enemy. The main enemy today is the heresy neoliberalism. But there are signs that it is crumbling. The brexit vote and the awakening of many in Europe concerning the dangers of Islam are signs of life yet in Europe. The situation is more bleak in America as even the most conservative Christian groups embrace many of the tenets of the neoliberal ideology.

But all is not lost. Recall the global dominance of the Arian heresy in the early years of the Church. The Arianists had captured all of the elite among the the remaining Roman aristocracy including several Emperors and their families. It also commanded the loyalty of the most powerful military nations at that time the Germanic tribes. it also commanded the loyalty of most of the magisterium of the Church, all of Northern Europe, Spain and northern Africa and most of the middle east and Arabia. Yet it took only a handful of Church Fathers to defeat the heresy in Councils and then in publications and then in the pews. Arianism temporarily faded from Europe but never from the middle east and Arabia. It was revived in the form of Islam and then implicitly in the form of reformation Protestantism in Northern Europe in the modern age. The neoliberals, and the liberal protestant congregations. the Jews, and Islam all share the Arian ideology concerning Christ. He was a great guy but he was not divine –he was not God….

So the battle over the nature and person of Jesus is once again the pivot of world history.

Modernity as the effort to destroy the Catholic Church

By Augustinus

What best characterizes the modern age? I would say that modernity is the age in which major military attempts are made to destroy the Roman Catholic Church.

Modernity is NOT characterized by “secularization” as most intellectuals seem to think. Just look at the rest of the world. Religion is growing everywhere. Hinduism is resurgent in India. Islam is growing in both numbers and militancy throughout the world. Eastern Orthodoxy is growing in both the Baltics and in Putin’s Russia. Judaism is alive and well and experiencing a rebirth in Israel. Charismatic forms of protestant Christianity are on the rise in both South America and Africa. Buddhism is experiencing massive growth in both its home countries and in the West.

The only religion that is on the defensive is Roman Catholic Christianity. That is because the one true church, the catholic church has been under concerted attack by the rest of the world religions ever since the dawn of the modern age. It began with the Protestant reformation.

When catholicism flowered during the Italian and Northern European renaissance, some people reacted with fear and envy rather than admiration, gratitude and reverence.  This fear and resentment against the Church-sponsored intellectual awakening and artistic flowering fueled a strong backlash against the church beginning with Luther in the North in what is now Germany–a territory where the Arian heresy lasted up to the middle ages. The Protestant “reformation” actually consisted of active military suppression and state terror against catholic communities in the newly minted protestant countries and military attacks against the Hapsburg Catholic territories.

The protestant wars against Catholicism issued in a stalemate but the protestant intellectuals had not given up.  Across western Europe protestant intellectuals began to paint the church as backward and superstitious and argued that Europe needed an enlightenment. The age of the enlightenment, however, involved extreme forms of persecution against Catholics across Europe (see especially Ireland and southern Germany) and the new country of America despite all its high flown rhetoric of religious freedom and toleration. The enlightenment also gave birth to the the French revolution with its rabid “anti-clericalism” which was really an outright assault on everything Catholic in France, Germany and Britain. The massacres of priests and nuns in these countries during the revolutionary period only slowed down but did not cease during the Napoleonic era. After Napoleon was defeated largely by Russian, Hapsburg and Catholic Polish forces, the anti-catholic legacy of the French revolution was taken up by the emerging communist movement until the uprisings of 1848 which once again involved bloody attacks against catholic communities throughout Europe. There was a brief period of respite during the latter half of the 19th century until the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 where we again note another series of attacks against the church including of course the orthodox church in Russia. World War I put an end to the catholic Hapsburg monarchy of  Europe and  then came the Nazis. All of these “movements” were virulently anti-Christian and specifically anti-Catholic. But none were able to destroy the Church. After the Nazis were defeated in World War II Vatican II occurred just 15 years later.

We are now faced a with a new array of forces out to destroy the church. The secular elites of the West, the heirs of the protestant intellectuals of past centuries, are now joined by a resurgent Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, charismatic protestantism and Hinduism. All are actively hostile to Roman catholicism. Only the eastern orthodox are not actively hostile though there are centuries of animosity there too.

This is the current situation facing the church today. Let he who has eyes to see, see.

A clarifying moment

By Augustinus

The Paris attacks of November 2015 constitute a clarifying moment for the West. When trained soldiers of an Islamic death cult systematically and point blank kill hundreds of defence-less civilians for the express purpose of outraging the West it is clear that we are dealing with a fanaticism that can justify any crime.

The core of the West is the Roman Catholic Church. The Church lies at the root of Western culture. Western culture is dying because the Church, itself, is in crisis–thus the need for this blog. The Church has undergone many previous crises and it will get through the present crisis. but we need to be clear that part of the crisis concerns Islam.

For much of the history of the Church it has had to fend off attacks, physical attacks, from Islam. The Church has to get clear about the nature of Islam. Vatican II (Nostra Aetate 3) had this to say about Islam:

“The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth (Cf. St. Gregory VII, Letter III, 21 to Anazir [Al-Nasir], King of Mauretania PL, 148.451A.), who has spoken to men. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the hidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they venerate Jesus as a prophet, his Virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms-deeds and fasting.

“Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.”

We can applaud the effort to live in peace with others who have attacked us in the past BUT we have to be clear about the nature of Islam. Just like any other heresy it has rays of truth in it and it has its saintly, upright people BUT it is fundamentally a Christian heresy. Our main duty to Muslims is to refute the heresy and convert them to the true faith.