Of Popes and Publicity.When the most towering religious figure in the western world has apparently recognised Islam as being incapable of reform, you would have expected a huge uproar.
Nope. As Diana West says in her article:
...this is one bombshell that has yet to explode because no one wants to touch it.
As I was thinking about this last night, I did a bit of googling and she's pretty much on the ball. There's a lot of commenting on the original report by Hugh Hewitt and the few other online reports, but not much else.
I did find an interesting response to the idea coming from the Vatican that Islam cannot be reformed.
Dr. Abdalqadir has gained a place in my esteem occupied by the Mufti Ebrahim Desai of Ask an Imam fame.
As far as Dr. Abdalqadir is concerned, there is nothing wrong with Islam or the Qu'ran, and the sooner we realise it the better.
Before I get into his collected works, back to Pope Benedict. The message for our Holy Father is: There is no dialogue - only da'wa.
Can't get more straightforward than that.
An insightful look into the mind of a muslim scholar, there is a singular lack of respect for members of other religions. This is, of course, to be expected, because
there can be no illusion of any intellectual intercourse with the kafirun, that is to say there is no dialogue with them. It is categorically forbidden.
Communion is a con:
The binding ritual of the jewish people was the celebration of the Passover, which was a memorial re-enactment of how they were saved from the intended slaughter of Pharaon. Ordered by the Angel to remain in their houses till the killing was over, they had to eat unleavened bread. Saint Paul, himself a jew, took this ritual and connected it to the Gospel event of ‘the Last Supper’.
The Passover Biscuit of the jews was transformed into the Holy Biscuit of the christian Sacrament.
you must not fail to see that what Saint Paul was selling to people was what in modern language is called ‘a package deal.’
I'll have to disagree with the good Doctor on that one. Speaking for myself only, I've felt the hand of God around my heart, and there's no way it can be mistaken for anything but what it is. Somehow I doubt that Dr. Abdalqadir would have felt what I felt.
Of course, it continues on.
Without an Apostolic Succession the transubstantiation could not take place. The new religion is founded on ‘outside the Church there is no salvation.’ Yet the heart of the matter remains that its central claim to save its members is based on the belief that bread and wine become the flesh and blood of their ‘Saviour’. This is actual anthropophagy.
I'm not a religious scholar - anything I inflict upon readers is my opinion from reading and experience.
Regarding transubstantiation and the Church, ultimately your relationship with God is yours and yours alone. It is based upon love and respect, and an acknowledgement that we are born into a state of sin, which can be absolved through Jesus Christ if we choose. Therefore, whether you take Communion or not is not relevant. It is how you approach God in your heart.
Some prefer to speak with Him in the privacy of their minds, others approach Him in the company of others. He knows what's in our hearts, so there is no need for hypocrisy in your religion.
I love Communion. I feel closer to God when I take the wafer. He's always with me, never doubt that, but I'm that little step further on my way.
The most vital task facing Pope Benedict XVI is twofold. Firstly, he must take a long hard look at the dubious history of both the papacy and the Roman Church. Secondly, he must without illusion grasp the reality of the present Atheist World Order. This dual understanding is what the polish peasant who preceded him singularly failed to do. His inability to resolve the contradiction between these two historical realities was exacerbated by his disastrous solution, his enthroning of the Doctrine of Mariology. A historical survey of the Roman Church demonstrates that its survival over centuries was due to the Church’s power over people and Princes. Disobedience was punished with execution, torture and burning at the stake, as well as war. Its historical record is positively genocidal. The Crusades and the Inquisition were the Church’s necessary instruments of control and intimidation. These were the only means to force intelligent men and women to believe that God was three, and that somehow three equalled one, let alone that some men, the bishops, could initiate other men into the capacity to turn fresh bread and wine into thousand year old morsels of Jesus’s flesh and blood. The Doctrine of the Sacrament asked the reasoning mind to accept that millions of people over hundreds of years could continue to feast off one poor human body.
Goodness, what drama. Sounds like something Ridley Scott would want to direct.
There is more in this offensive tone, but too much to relate here. Rather than continue providing examples of his reasoning why dialogue with kafirs will never work, I'll give Dr. Abdalqabir the last word.
The People of the Book who are kafir and the mushrikun
Will be in the Fire of Hell,
Remaining in it timelessly, for ever.
They are the worst of creatures.
That's a message that should be getting out.