So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, June 6, 2014

Muslim Prayers at the Vatican?

The news has been released by organizations such as Al Arabiya that muslim prayers will be said at the Vatican. The exact location of the prayer meeting according to the official NEWS.VA will be in the Vatican gardens. In other words, the gathering that Pope Francis facilitated during his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land WILL NOT be held in the Basilica or a chapel.
Both leaders... will be arriving in the Vatican around 6.30pm on Sunday evening, accompanied by delegations of about 20 people representing the different faith communities present in both states. Also taking part in the Vatican delegation will be the Orthodox Patriarch (Bartholomew of Constantinople) who played such a central role in the Pope’s recent pilgrimage to Jerusalem to recall a similar encounter between their predecessors exactly half a century ago.
Following a brief welcome in the Casa Santa Marta where he lives, Pope Francis will accompany the two presidents and the patriarch through the Vatican gardens to a specially prepared venue surrounded by two tall hedges between the Pontifical Academy of Sciences building and a wing of the Vatican museums. Fr Lombardi explained that each faith community will present a piece of music, then thank God for the gift of creation, ask forgiveness for sins committed and pray for the gift of peace. Pope Francis and the two presidents will add their own calls for peace in the region, before exchanging greetings, planting an olive tree as a visible symbol of their desire for an end to the conflict and sharing a moment of private conversation together.
The lack of clarity in the Al Arabiya report has generated considerable concern. Assumptions have begun to fly around like angry hornets. On some traditional blogs, many comments regarding the event are nothing short of vile. At progressive sites, the comments largely range from a disinterested 'ho hum' to syrupy embraces of some caricature of the Holy Father's agenda.

To cite an oft quoted phrase—keep calm and carry on. Pray for peace in the Middle East. If you believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, then pray as a Catholic ought. Pray that Catholic prayers and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass may be held openly in Saudi Arabia. Pray for the conversion of all muslims and that the Kaaba in Mecca may be converted to Catholic worship. Why limit Almighty God to little requests? Be humble enough to admit Who is in charge and go big. After all, He is God! Enlist an army of saints to add their voices to your prayers. Have faith!


  1. Sunday, June 8, 2014
    Peres, Abbas need to convert for salvation according to Pope John XXIII's Vatican Council II
    Israel’s Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas according to the Catholic Church's Vatican Council II are on the path to Hell since they do not have 'faith and baptism' needed for salvation.According to the Catholic Church (Notification, CDF, Dupuis 2001) their religions are not paths to salvation. There are good and holy things in their religion ( Nostra Aetate ) but the religions are not paths to salvation and they need to convert ( Dominus Iesus 20).

    They will both pray today at the Vatican, which affirms outside the Church there is no salvation, in the text of Vatican Council II (AG 7) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846).However publically it is not affirmed.

    Therefore, all must be converted to Him, made known by the Church's preaching, and all must be incorporated into Him by baptism and into the Church which is His body. For Christ Himself "by stressing in express language the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mark 16:16; John 3:5), at the same time confirmed the necessity of the Church, into which men enter by baptism, as by a door.-Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II

    Even Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, who will be present does not have Catholic faith ( AG 7) and according to the defined dogma Cantate Domino Council of Florence he is oriented to the fires of Hell unless he converts into the Catholic Church before death.

    This was the teaching of Pope John Paul II in Ut Unum Sint.He taught that membership in the Church under the pope was necessary for other Christians.This is also the teaching in the Catechism which says God wants all people to be united in the Catholic Church (CCC 845) .In Ecclesia di Eucarestia Pope John Paul II upheld the ecclesiology of outside the Church no salvation.

    According to Pope John XXIII's Vatican Council II Jews,Muslims and other non Catholics need 'faith and baptism' for salvation. In Heaven there are only Catholics, who are there without mortal sin, and with faith and baptism. Pope Paul VI who concluded Vatican Council II said in Evangelii Nuntiandi that even though the members of other religions may have their hands raised to God, the Catholic Church is the only path to salvation.

    In 2014 we do not know any person saved with ' a ray of the Truth'( NA 2) or 'seeds of the Word'(AG 11) or 'imperfect communion with the Church'(UR 3). They are possibilities but the ordinary means of salvation in 'faith and baptism' in the Catholic Church.

    -Lionel Andrades

    Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran must accept Vatican Council II and set an example for the Catholic religious communities and SSPX


    1. Hello Catholic Mission (Lionel Andrades). Thank you for your comments. You are right to propose that we, as Catholics, must propose the Catholic Faith as the only hope of salvation for all people. Often, any Catholic who is confident about the claims of the Church is criticized for being triumphalistic and condescending toward other religions for simply holding to the Apostolic Tradition. We can do no less than promote Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life because to do otherwise is to shirk our responsibility to proclaim the Gospel as faithful disciples of the Lord.

      To be sure, there is a right way and a wrong way to promote the Faith. We can never resort to violence of any kind to persuade others to embrace the Catholic Faith. The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy are useful guides to the Catholic Way.

      As Pope Paul said in Evangelii Nuntiandi:

      "The Church is the depositary of the Good News to be proclaimed. The promises of the New Alliance in Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Lord and the apostles, the Word of life, the sources of grace and of God's loving kindness, the path of salvation - all these things have been entrusted to her. It is the content of the Gospel, and therefore of evangelization, that she preserves as a precious living heritage, not in order to keep it hidden but to communicate it."

      While the Church acknowledges what is true and good in other religions, noting especially that God is faithful to his covenant with the Jewish people, if people of other religions are saved, it is because Christ saves them. Those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, Christ may save them at their particular judgement if they do not reject Him. A person who has never heard the truth of the Gospel cannot be held to the same judgement as someone who has heard the Gospel and rejected it. A Catholic politician, for example, should know better than to support abortion, euthanasia, contraception and other gravely sinful practices. It is safe to say that the Lord's judgement on a "pro-choice" Catholic who supports abortion will go much harsher than His judgement of the ignorant pagan.

      There is a good article by Jim Blackburn at Catholic Answers that provides a useful clarification to the issue at hand. If you haven't already, I encourage you to read it.

    2. Response continued:

      Ultimately, we leave to God the judgement of men's souls. We must be careful not to condemn anyone to hell. While the Church raises people to the altar and by so doing acknowledges they are saints in heaven with God, She, the Church, does not consign anyone to hell. We would be wise to think with the Church on this matter (sentire cum ecclesia).

      In the matter of Patriarch Bartholomew, you might recall that on December 7, 1965 Pope Paul and Patriarch Athenagoras consigned to oblivion the mutual excommunications of 1054 that consolidated the breach between East and West.


      It is sad that the Council of Florence became a lost opportunity. That said, we should continue to hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Eastern Churches not currently in communion with Rome to one day fully embrace the Holy Father as the Universal Shepherd to whom the Keys of the Kingdom are entrusted to by Christ Himself. That is, the position that the Bishop of Rome has exercised in the Church since Christ founded the Church upon Saint Peter, the Office attested to and modelled so well by Pope St. Leo the Great in word and deed.

      You refer to part of the document of Pope Eugene IV, Cantate Domino, from the Council of Florence, A.D. 1438 to 1445, a reminder that man's eternal salvation is a reality that should not be taken lightly. The document is an affirmation of the Catholic Faith that outlines the points of agreement between the Roman Church and the eastern churches, a document to which the Eastern contingent (of 700 representatives!) agreed but which, very sadly, was rejected by eastern monks and the general populace of the Byzantine realm. The politics of the day played an unfortunate role in the people's rejection of the Council.

      We should draw hope for full reconciliation from the millions of faithful of the eastern communities that have restored communion with Rome: Ukrainian Greek Catholics, Melkites, Syro-Malabar and Syro Malankar Catholics, Chaldean Catholics, Catholic Copts, etc. Let us not forget and forever give thanks for the 'always faithful' who never left communion, the Maronites of Lebanon and the Middle East.

      Thank you for those helpful quotes that remind us to avoid false ecumenism and false inter-religious dialogue.

      Pax vobis.


"A multitude of wise men is the salvation of the world(.)—Wisdom 6:24. Readers are welcome to make rational and responsible comments. Any comment that 1) offends human dignity and/or 2) which constitutes an irrational attack on the Catholic Faith will not go unchallenged. If deemed completely stupid, such a comment will most assuredly not see the light of day. Them's the rules. Don't like 'em? Move on.

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