Turning Point Project: Two young Scandinavian women who were hiking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco were found dead in mid-December in their tent. The ISIS terrorists later posted a video of themselves decapitating one of the victims.
The mother of one of the women told reporters, “Her priority was safety. The girls had taken all precautionary measures before embarking on this trip.”
If one depended on the European media and European schools for one’s knowledge of Islam, one would indeed come away with a misleading picture of Islam. But the same could be said of Catholics who rely on Church pronouncements about Islam. Ever since the Second Vatican Council, Church leaders have presented a smiley-faced version of Islam which emphasizes the commonalities with Catholicism and leaves out the alarming elements.
Over the last six years, the chief proponent of this bowdlerized view of Islam has been Pope Francis. He has reassured Christians that Islam is opposed to violence, advised Muslim migrants to find comfort in the Koran, and has portrayed terrorists as betrayers of true Islam. more
Opinion: Did Pope Pius XII remain quiet as Adolf Hitler’s final solution threatened to exterminate the Jews of Europe? There is no shortage of books both pro and con on the subject of Eugenio Pacelli, called Hitler’s pope, by many historians.
- Why is there always tension between the Catholic church and Jews?
- Why is the Vatican keeping Pius XII’s records sealed?
- What is Replacement Theology?
- Is the Catholic church (and most Protestant churches) anti-Semitic ?
For answers we look back to 400 AD and the teaching of Replacement Theology by Saint John Chrysostom the Archbishop of Constantinople, and Saint Augustine of Hippo who theorized that God was finished with the Jew and transferred the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant to the church because of Israel’s transgression. ‘Killers of Christ’, they said.
Fast forward to 1478 AD and the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition when Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism or die. Estimates of the number killed by the papal bull of Pope Sixtus IV have ranged from 30,000 to 300,000. Some historians are convinced that millions died.
It got no better in the Reformation (517-1648) as Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, despite discovering grace through faith and not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9) in Scripture, was unable to shed his anti-Semitic roots. In his book “The Jews and Their Lies”, Luther wrote that the “Jews are a serpent’s brood and one should burn down their synagogues and destroy them”.
While the Catholic church held fast to replacement theology, several large Protestant denominations that split from the church still kept the teaching that is in place today.
Enter Pope Francis’ open affection/advocacy for Islam as Muslim migrants wreak havoc on unsuspecting EU citizens.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light” Luke 8:17