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).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Worthy Read: Edward Pentin interviews Egyptian Fr. Boulad, SJ.

If you have not already read the important article by Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register, please do so. It addresses the concern as to whether violent Islamists are acting contrary to or in harmony with Islamic teaching. 

Egyptian Jesuit Fr. Boulad's counsel should help clarify for fair-minded readers, especially those shocked by the recent attacks in England, the motivation behind the violence which is also occurring in many, many regions around the world that face daily terror attacks as part of a campaign of violence aimed at those who hold to inalienable rights founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs.
In an interview with the Register, Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.
Edward Pentin (National Catholic Register)
Read the entire article by clicking on THIS TEXT.
The Church should not defend Islam “at all costs” and seek to “exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name” or else “one ends up betraying the truth,” a leading Jesuit scholar of Islam has asserted.

Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad believes that when it comes to dealing with Islam, the Catholic Church has succumbed to a “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” based on the pretext of “openness, tolerance and (a caricature of) Christian charity.”

In a June 10 interview with the Register, Father Boulad reveals that he shared these sentiments with Pope Francis in a letter he wrote to him last August, telling him that many think the Pope’s own views on Islam are “aligned with this ideology, and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions, and compromises in compromises, at the expense of the truth.” 
“Christians,” he wrote, “are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality.”

Some said the Pope took a diplomatic yet slightly firmer line on Islam when he gave an address to Al Azhar university in Cairo at the end of April.

Father Boulad, 85, an Egyptian and a relative of the Jesuit scholar of Islam Father Samir Khalil Samir, also discusses in this interview why he believes Islamists are merely carrying out what their religion teaches, whether Islam is capable of reform, and how, despite its problems, the religion can help the Church in acting as a bulwark against secularist ideology.
People of goodwill and conscience can hardly afford to be naïve when faced with an adversary who is acting true to his nature, according to the first hand witness of a scholar of Islam, and who opposes everything about the civilized West. Having allowed that “liberal left ideology which is destroying the West” to dominate the conversation, the West has become blind to the immensity of a threat as dangerous as any that civilization has faced in the past 1500 years.

An honest appreciation of the data, i.e., the motivations behind such a threat, is a necessary first step in addressing and dispelling the fog of complacency which is making Western societies dull and unable to fully appreciate the need for a much more robust defence of democratic ideals—such as inalienable rights—that have enabled and empowered Western societies to defend the common good when civilization has been under assault from evil ideologies.

Mr. Pentin's article presents the following questions:
  1. Father Boulad, what evidence is there to show that Islam is inherently violent?
  2. Are the extremists simply being faithful to an authentic Islam in your view?
  3. Should the Pope and the Vatican shed what some view as political correctness and address Islam for what scholars and others believe it really is?
  4. How much is violence more of an Arabic problem, given the significantly fewer violent attacks in, for example, Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation?
  5. Are there genuine and workable possibilities for reform of Islam and can dialogue ever be effective?
  6. The Church has often allied with Islamic countries in the past in defense of life issues. Islamic countries can also act as a filter against secularist ideas, preventing such trends as gender ideology from entering their society. How can Islam’s strengths in these areas be best promoted despite its associations with violence?

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