[quote=pbaylis]Someone help me out here. I am a Catholic from New Zealand and, by the way, also a believer in the apparitions at Medjugorje.
I have just been reading the article “Endless Jihad”, and I’m not sure I like what I’m reading.
Essentially, it seems to be saying that we should ignore the general Muslim defence, which states “Don’t tar us all with the same brush as the extremist faction of our religion”. It is calling this defence a lie and a smokescreen. It justifies this by saying such things as “why did Muslims all over the world burst into joyful, spontaneous celebrations when the hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon”.
From a purely objective viewpoint (as I come from New Zealand), I am very surprised that this article is endorsed by a Catholic website. I understand the American perspective and deep distrust and fear for their lives, but Catholicism isn’t about “America”.
If you need an objective reason why the Muslim world burst into song when the US buildings were aeroplaned, how about this:
Muslims are deeply religious and the idea of having the world ruled by a country that is in steep moral decline is very unpalatable.
Hi I am English. I don’t think objectivity can be achieved by anyone philosophically speaking wherever you happen to reside. Men are conditioned by culture, education e.t.c. The only thing that we can be sure is objective is: Revealed Truth. I.e. Truth handed down us to from God, through Christ.
Nevertheless that is an aside. Personally speaking I have been to Medjugorje myself, I had a spirtiually enriching time. However, Do I believe in its authenticity? No, not 100% or even 60 %. One must not forget that the Church does not recognise this place. It is better to stick to Fatima, Lourdes e.t.c. Maybe it will be recognised in time but best not to lay too much stock in it. Indeed that is a weak justification in the Article you mentioned. Of course not all Muslims celebrated Sept 11th but a sizeable minority did.
Therefore it is incumbent upon us to try ever more zealously to dialogue with Islam and preach Christ’s message of peace. Clear up the false notion pervading the Islamic world that in some way Christianity equates to the secular west. Fundamentally we must pray for an end to the vitriolic anti-semitism that is evident in much Islamic thought and culture. If Islam is a religion of peace let it show us that but first do as JPII did, let us meet Muslims face to face, find the points of convergence and then let us dialogue openly and honestly.
Finally, I really don’t believe the world is ‘ruled’ by America. It is the forces of darkness that really threaten the world. Evil is endemic in America, the EU, China, Nigeria, the Middle East. The only thing we can and must do is pray, fast and be a light on the hills. Lets not look at the plank in America’s eye before examining the log in ours. In both NZ and the UK we have our own battles to fight, i.e. abortion, euthanasia, the philosophy of autonomy and relativism.