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After 1300 years, Islam has not been driven from Europe July 23, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, persecution, sadness, Saints, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition.
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I titled the post in the somewhat provocative way that I did, in light of two recent and very good posts by Fr. Carota on the role Saints played in helping drive the scourge of islam – for that is how it was always seen by Catholics everywhere, at least until very recently – from Europe.  Fr. Carota discusses Saint Lawrence Brindisi and the Crusade against islam in Hungary at the beginning of the 17th century in this post.  Some excerpts of the role that great Saint played in helping stem the muslim tide in Hungary in 1601:

30 years later, [30 years after the magnificent victory won at Lepanto, in which Our Lady of Victory miraculously led Catholic forces to victory over a much larger Turkish fleet, and which was revealed via a prophecy to Pope St. Pius V hundreds of miles away]  Pope Clement VIII asked St. Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin friar, to go to Germany to organize their princes into a crusade against the muslim attacks going on in Hungry.  He was very successful and organized the crucial resistance needed to save Europe….[Brief mention of protestant treachery, common in all the later wars against islam, intervenes, I exclude.  Sadly, there was also occasional Catholic treachery, as with the case of Louis XVI allying with the Turks against the Holy Roman Empire in 1683]

…..The Battle of Stuhlweissenburg Hungry took place on October 11, 1601.  St. Lawrence led the battle on a horse carrying a large cross in front of the troops.  Again on October 14th of that same month, these Catholic forces, with St. Lawrence leading, had to fight the muslims in another battle and won.

St. Lawrence, when leading the troops in front into battle, was miraculously saved from all injury and claimed that all the success came from God and Mary.  The Catholic troops, numbering 18,000 men, way out numbered by 80,000 muslims.  The Turks, after suffering the loss of 30,000 men,  withdrew their army behind the Danube. [The muslims dominated the Balkans and Greece for over 3 centuries, from the late 1400s until the mid 1800s]

Whenever the crusades were led by holy people and all those envolved prayed and fasted, they had success.  Whenever they were unjust or doing evil sins, they lost.

Great point.  Christianity is presently being mauled by islam on so many fronts because the Church is so weak, lacking in piety, and divided right now.

Fr. Carota discusses, very briefly, a long arc of Crusades against islam in Europe from 1456 to the 1700s in this post.  He notes how St. Juan de 754px-Battle_of_NandorfehervarCapistrano led the Crusade against islam in 1456, helping keep the Ottomans out of much of modern Serbia and Hungary through much of the 15th century.  Some great art accompanies, which I cheerfully (but gratefully) rip off.  Father notes that the “final defeat” of the muslims in Europe did not occur until the Battle of Peterwardin Vojvodina in 1716.  This battle did recover Belgrade, but it left much of southeastern Europe in muslim hands.

But good Father Carota, who I respect immensely and who made my week a few days ago (private), misses out on long struggles to overcome Ottoman rule in Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, much of modern Romania, and other locales throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Greece, cradle of so much of Western Civilization, did not become independent – in part -until 1832, and did not recover Macedonia until 1913!   In fact, the Balkan wars of 1913 were the culmination of nearly two centuries of efforts by Christians to overthrow muslim rule in southeastern Europe.

GreekhistoryHowever, until this very day, islam still occupies a toehold in southeastern Europe in what is called Eastern Thrace and what was the most glorious city in Christendom for over a millenium (and the bulwark against the encroaching muslim), Constantinople.  Greece seized much of East Thrace after WWI, but lost the territory in fighting against the new nation of Turkey.

Ever since the first wild eyed Mohammadans crossed the Strait of Gilbratar and conquered Spain, Islam has been in Europe.  Note that many radical muslims still lament, and get extremely angry, whenever they think of the Crusader States in the Holy Land that existed from ~1096-1291.  That was an intolerable affront to islam and “proof” of Christian militancy, even if all those lands were Christian for centuries before they were converted by islam’s usual method – the sword.  In terms of overall victimhood, since that is such a popular way of viewing things Atak_husariithese days, Christians have borne far more attacks, invasions, raids, piracy, and general cruelty from islam than the reverse – by a huge margin.

But today, for the first time ever, Europe is very willingly and happily allowing tens of millions of muslims into the heart of Europe as immigrants.  This is being done because Europeans have so contracepted and aborted themselves into near sterility that there aren’t enough Europeans to keep the economies of those states going, absent mass scale immigration from the south.  Muammar Gaddafi himself said that in 50 years, islam wouldn’t need to invade or attack Europe, Europe would be predominately muslim!  That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not much.  In 50 years, if present trends hold, Europe will be between 35-40% muslim.  But of course, Stephen-of-Hungary_illumthese populations are not evenly distributed, and even now, there are places in France, Britain, Germany, and other nations where western women dare not go without wearing the hijab.  One might argue that substantial portions of these nations are muslim already.

What will happen when Europe, the heart of Christianity, is nearly half muslim?  What is being done to strengthen the Church for this ultimate challenge?  Who will man the ramparts?  Who will be there to preach Jesus Christ to all these millions of lost souls?

Lord, send us new Saints in the mold of the ones of old!  Your Church faces threats unlike any in history!  Please help us!  Send us new Saint Lawrence Brindisi’s, new Saint Juan Capistrans, to help us!  Have mercy on us all!  May we become those Saints!

Comments

1. Maggie - July 23, 2014

It took Spain 700 years to completely throw off the yoke of islam. And has that country even learned. Where Christianity has died off in the hearts of the people, a vacuum has been created and the demons have gleefully filled it with islam. Do we have enough prayer warriors to mount a spiritual battle this time? We do not have to have superior numbers but always before there were saints to lead the warriors not only into physical battle but the spiritual battle. So many of our church leaders now are caught up with finding solutions to irregular marriages or ecology or illegal immigration such that the care of souls and the dangers pressing upon them both from the secular world and in the spiritual realm are not warned about.

The tyrant in charge of our nation is helping to foment hatred against the Catholics that we may well see erupt in a murderous fury before long. We cannot, as a whole, see the signs of the times.

And islam is making inroads here. Our town now has a mosque. In these places, revolution is fomented but our addicted society is busy elsewhere and does not notice.

2. Celia Parker - July 23, 2014

I live in an area of Sheffield (Yorkshire) where Muslims, originally from Yemen, later from Pakistan, first came in the 1950s to do the low-paid, dirty work in the steelworks that British workers elected not to do in an era of economic boom and plentiful jobs. At the time it was assumed that they would work for a few years, make money and then go home, but they were allowed to bring their families over, settle and their descendants are still here, Unfortunately they have not integrated: they have retreated into their ghettos, encouraged by establishment ‘multi-cultural’ policies, continued to import wives from Pakistan who speak no English and aren’t allowed to learn; their children arrive at school unable to speak English and then wonder why they don’t do well academically and have a high unemployment rate when they leave school.
However, I can assure you there is no part of the UK where’western women dare not go without wearing the hijab’. Muslims are a noticeable presence in old industrial cities, but you could go your whole life in most of England without meeting any. Though who knows what will happen in years to come?
I do find it ironic that having fought for centuries to keep Islam out of Europe we’ve now let it in by the back door

Tantumblogo - July 23, 2014

It’s different in London. They are everywhere in London. And I have read stories that there are parts of Manchester that women don’t go without fear of being raped, so many do wear the hijab. Maybe those are exaggerations, I don’t know.

I do know that there are large areas of Sweden women do feel compelled to so dress. And there have been many gang rapes of the few who don’t.


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