The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Islamic Europe?

Libyan "leader" Qadhafi caused a bit of a ruckus during a European visit by suggesting that Europe convert to Islam. He also suggested that the European nations contribute a few billion dollars to stop African immigration. Sounds outlandish doesn't it? But according to Father Piero Gheddo of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, the idea of a Muslim Europe is a very real possibility so long as Europeans continue to deny their Christian roots and the practice of their Christian faith.

In an interview with Rome-based Xenit News Agency, Father Gheddo, who also founded the missionary news agency AsiaNews, stated, "The challenge must be taken seriously. Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families; while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a much higher level of growth."

Of course, Father Gheddo's comments apply not just to Italy but to all of western Europe where the birthrate among non-Muslims is far below the replacement rate. Put bluntly, Europeans are aborting and contracepting themselves out of existence.

This is another critical story that you'll never encounter in the mainstream media. Read the rest of Father Gheddo's comments here: Islam May Fill Europe's Religious Vacuum,

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