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Vatican warns – Muslims will dominate Europe September 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sadness, Society.
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If Europeans do not return to the practice of the Christian Faith, start having babies, and stop their narcissistic hedonism, Islam will dominate Europe within the space of a generation or two, warns Father Piero Gheddo of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions

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”.

Is anyone in Europe listening?  I know there are still millions of somewhat practicing Catholics in Europe, although they are generally a dwindling minority, and even those who still practice the Faith tend to have followed the dominant culture and, through contraception or sterilization, had small families.  Even though there are still many brilliant cathedrals and churches, lovely little shrines, and a number of monasteries in active use, in general, the trend for the Catholic Faith in Europe is still one of steady decline.  I think there may remain a small remnant dedicated to practicing the Faith, but as Europe becomes increasingly pagan and, thus, increasingly hostile to the Christian ethos, their influence will likely diminish. 

I don’t know much else to do, for Europe, but to pray, and pray that we do not follow the same path in this country.  The Church will always exist, in spite of the fervent wishes of numerous evangelical atheists, but it could die out in some of its most traditional settings.  Why has this happened?  A number of reasons can be posited, from the embrace of socialism by state and Church, to the shock of two world wars on the European psyche, to the changes instituted after Vatican II.  I would be fascinated to read a history of this time five hundred years hence, but I will be past caring at that point.

I pray the Catholic Faith in Europe can be turned around, it is our seed bed, our home, but it will take much, much work, and a sea change in outlook on the part of most Europeans.   If we can get the Church put on a more solid footing in this country, perhaps we should send missionaries back to re-evangelize old Europe.

Comments

1. KehKaShan - September 8, 2010

People flock to where they find substance.

Explore other reasons why Europe is getting dominated by the Muslims.Certainly there is more to it than just immigrants coming in with large families or the anti-abortion beliefs of the Muslims.
Immigrants are all over the world.It’s not just the Muslims migrating.But if the majority of immigrants happen to be Muslims,there’s more to it than just demography and statistics.
Muslims are increasing in numbers ALL over the world,not just because of increasing births,but also because of conversions, (or rather reversion).

tantamergo - September 8, 2010

World wide, growth in Islam is at the moment slightly higher than growth in Christianity, for a number of reasons, but the most important being the very high birthrates in traditionally muslim countries. Conversions in Europe are not primarily responsible for the relative growth of Islam there – declining Christian Church attendance/practice of Faith and low birth rates, along with high birth rates, are the prime reason.

In some traditionally Muslim countries, Chritianity is actually making some surprising conversions, as well. That Coptic priest is having quite a bit of influence.


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