Observations and comments.
Putting myself in the shoes of an ordinary layman, here is how I read the paragraph concerning Islam in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and my conclusions:
1 - The Catholic Church is clearly saying to the Muslims that "we, Catholics of the World, are acknowledging the truthfulness and the authenticity of your religion, since our both God is the same, is ONE. "
2 - Based on the above, why the Catholic Church doesn’t ask her followers to convert to Islam, since the God is One, and the Church clearly says in her Catechism that** “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”** Why?
3 - But, wait a minute, I’m confused now, how come the god of Islam is ONE, and the Christian God is 3 in 1? If Islam denies Jesus as God, his Resurection and the Trinity, how come the Catechism is saying that both Gods are the same? Something is wrong here. Shouldn’t the God of both religions be of the same nature? I clearly see two very different Gods here.
4 - Also, If it’s the same God, then why Muhammad killed the Christians and the Jews and kicked the rest of them out of Arabia? Shouldn’t two or three faiths be united and live together in peace, since they have the same God? Why the “prophet” of Islam hated the Jews and the Christians, I don’t understand. Maybe the Catholic Church knows something about that. I couldn’t find any explanation in the Catechism about the genocide against the Christians and Jews by Muhammad.
5 - Now, if the God is one, then the faith should be one. Will the Pope renounce his papacy, become a Muslim and move to Mecca, since Ecumenism, Unity, Conciliation, Compromise, Brotherly love, and Charity are some of the basic beliefs of the Catholic Church? Or it’s just talk?
6 - If the God is one, why the Muslims are persecuting and conduction mass-muder against the Christians until this very moment.
7 - If the God is one, and when John-Paul II kissed the Quran, doesn’t mean that he acknowledged the authenticity, the genuineness of the Quran, and consequently, the belief in the Quran as the word of God too? Is it not a call for Catholics to buy, read and believe in the Quran, because “if it’s good for the Pope then it’s good for me,” is it not?
8 - If the God is One, why Muhammad forbade, and his followers are still forbidding any religion other than Islam, including Christianity of course (same god, remember?), from building places of worship in Saudi Arabia?
9 - Why the One God had to send another prophet after Jesus? And why that new prophet is denying Jesus as the Son of God, His Crucifixtion and His Resurection? Why one is denying the other? Aren’t they messengers of the same “One God”?
10 - And why the Catholic Church is acknowledging the truthfulness of the Quran, but the Muslims deny the Bible?
Just some thoughts from a Catholic layman, not a theologian, not a religious, just a simple layman, after reading the paragraph on Islam from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Now, excuse me, I have to go to the Mosque to convert to Islam.
My new name is “Muhammad.”
Thank you Catechism.