The martyrdom at the hands of Islamists of the catholic priest in France this past week forces us to ask when is it licit to use force? The long Catholic tradition has had to answer this question many times in the past from day after the resurrection of Christ when the Jews mercilessly began to persecute the Church. The answers Catholic tradition and dogma and official doctrine (as explicated in the official Catholic catechism) is that Christians not only are permitted to use force in self defense but are required to do so to protect self and others and church.
There is now abundant evidence that the long war between the heresy Islam and the Church not only continues today but it flaring up again into open hostilities again today. For any with eyes to see let them see and act. Chrisitianity is under assault by Islam everywhere in the world today. One can argue who started the recent hostilities (I am very sympathetic to Muslim complaints against the West’s invasions of Islamic countries and the brutality of the invasions as well as the reflexive support by the USA for Israeli outrages against defenceless Palestinian civilians). Despite the West’s crimes against defenceless muslim populations in the past…and I agree that there were such crimes, we still are facing assaults from Islam in both its terrorist guise and in its immigration guise.
At some point Christians have to examine Islam as deeply as possible and decide whether or not it is compatible with Christian culture and existence. Islamists have done the same with respect to Christianity and they have decided that Christianity must be eliminated. This is a centuries long fight and you must choose sides.
I recommend this piece by Fr Rutler:
A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror
The title of this post is a quote from one of the victims of the latest Islamist atrocity. A Taliban offshoot targeted woman and children in a park in Lahore Pakistan today killing some 60 woman and children and injuring hundreds of others. There are picture of screaming children covered in blood and gore clutching at the mangled bodies of their dead mothers. All for what? The Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility said it was to send a message to the world and the Pakistani government… ” that we have entered Lahore”.
I am so disgusted, outraged and sickened by this satanic act that words fail.
What will it take to wake up the West and what is left of Christendom?
“May God shower his wrath upon these attackers.”
While European (and it now turns out American) citizens are slaughtered by Islamic jihadis in the capitals of Europe, both American leaders and European leaders spout the same old sickening bromides in response. They tell us that it is not really Islam that is the issue; that we need diversity, that poverty is the problem, that immigration from Islamic countries should continue unabated and so on. Meanwhile the perpetrators of the latest massacre this past week in Brussels were not poverty stricken, oppressed muslims. They were fully educated, middle class, naturalized European citizens.
Some muslims, those that hate the West, will never assimilate. In addition, even if well meaning Muslims assimilate to western culture when their numbers grow large they will start to win political posts. When they win political posts there will be demands to impose sharia laws.
If people think that Islam and Christianity and Judaism etc can co-exist in the same polity then the experiment has to be slow. You cannot import a million muslims into a a secular country over one or two decades and expect no consequences.
Europe is committing suicide before our very eyes and the heart of Christendom for more than a thousand years is vanishing.