Pope's Aide Warns of 'Islamized Europe'

Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary has warned of the "Islamization of Europe" and called for defending Europe's "Christian roots".

Pope's Aide Warns of 'Islamized Europe'
Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary has warned of the "Islamization of Europe" and called for defending Europe's "Christian roots", reported the Daily Telegraph on Friday, July 27.

"Attempts to Islamize the West cannot be denied," Monsignor Georg Gaenswein told the German weekly Sueddeutsche Magazin in an interview published Friday.

Gaenswein said Europe should not ignore attempts to introduce Islamic values in the West which could even threaten the European identity.

"The danger for the identity of Europe that is connected with it should not be ignored out of a wrongly understood respectfulness," he said, giving no specific examples of efforts to introduce Islamic values in the West.

Gaenswein's remarks were the latest of a series of anti-Muslim statements by European officials and clerics.

Joachim Meisner, the influential archbishop of Cologne, has recently said that the "immigration of Muslims has created a breach in our German, European culture".

Germany's top cardinal has also warned against "uncritical tolerance" which could lead to Islam enjoying equal standing with Christianity in the country.

Early July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the Europeans to defend their Christian values against "extremists and enemies of democracy".

"Religion of Extremes"

Gaenswein also defended last year's speech by Pope Benedict associating Islam with violence.

The speech had been an attempt by the pontiff to "act against a certain naivety," said Gaenswein.

He said that Islam was a "religion of extremes," with extremists who "turn to rifles (sic) for their goals."

"Under the concept (of Islam) there is a collection of many different, sometimes opposing views, even including extremists who invoke the Qur'an in their actions and use arms," he said.

Pope Benedict drew Muslim diatribe in August of last year after quoting 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus as saying that everything Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) brought was evil and inhuman "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Pope Benedict refused to apologize for his remarks, insisting that his speech was the result of an "unfortunate misunderstanding."

Gaenswein said that Pope Benedict aimed to work on inter-religious dialogue.

The grand imam of Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni authority in Islam, snubbed a papal invitation to visit the Vatican and a proposal to invite the pontiff to deliver a lecture on Islam, insisting on a clear-cut apology from Pope Benedict.

The International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS) had also boycotted the Vatican, insisting on an apology.

Earlier this month, Pope Benedict drew flack from non-Catholic Christians after issuing a document claiming that the Catholic Church was superior to other churches and the only way for salvation.

Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria and Saint Marc Diocese, said that the Vatican Pope demonstrated a sense of vanity and was making many enemies around the world.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2007, 01:29
semi_canada - 15 yıl Önce

just remembered this hypocrite had been in Turkey not long ago! Almighty closed their ears, eyes; they cant feel....they plunge into their sins...but Islam belongs to Allah....elhamdulILLAH