Monday, 11 February 2013
I have seen very little mention of what the Pope did today, along with announcing his resignation.
He chose to do so at the very consistory where he announced a date for the canonization of the 813 Martyrs of Otranto -- the Christians beheaded, one by one, by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
No doubt there are many reasons for his resignation. But surely one of them is that the Vatican strategy for dealing with Muslims, in order to protect Christians and Christian institutions in Muslim-ruled lands, and especially in the Arab countries, one which required constant appeasement (and very often, expressed want of sympathy for, and antipathy to, the state of Israel as it tries to stave off the endless Jihad, in all of its forms, being conducted against it), now lies in ruins. Christians are fleeing from Iraq, from Syria, from Egypt. And we all know, or should know by now, that Islam is not to be appeased, that appeasement merely leads to Muslim triumphalism. And the Vatican can't quite admit that, and doesn't know what to do to preserve a living Christian presence in the Middle East, or in the Holy Land.
That is not the only reason for his resignation. But surely it is one of them.
Posted on 02/11/2013 11:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
11 Feb 2013
The same thought struck me when I listened to the news this afternoon. Remember as well that when he first ascended to the Papacy, the Muslims made a big fuss about a historical book he had written decades previously about the harrying of Constaninople. They claimed that this proved he was 'an Islamophobe'. You can't talk truth to power when it comes to these people.
11 Feb 2013
Erasmus wrote that in great things, it is enough to have tried. Ave et vale, Holiness.
The successor, hopefully, will reignite true, total and absolute rejection of islam and all its works and will endeavor to eradicate the appeasement that is eroding civilization and allowing savages to run amok. Islamo delenda est.
11 Feb 2013
Let those of us who are praying people, religious people, pray like blazes, all during this coming season of Lent, for the election of a non-dhimmi Pope, a Pope who will stand up and say No to Muslims, and call it like it is. Who won't submit and won't shut up.
One of the hot favourites is a Nigerian; if the Catholic church got itself a black African Pope who was NOT a dhimmi, who was prepared to speak up for his suffering people - and for all of the persecuted Church, Catholic and non-Catholic, and for all the non-Muslim victims of Jihad and of Muslim oppression - and invoked the intercession of Blessed Saint Josephina Bakhita, then things could get interesting.
A deal: Catholic NER readers, I will pray that you get a non-dhimmi Pope; in exchange will you, please, pray for me and the rest of the world's Anglicans, that the new bloke that we're getting will either a/ turn out a non-dhimmi or b/ get UN-dhimmi'ed, fast.
I'm hoping that the encouraging signs of backbone shown recently by the new chap in charge of the Egyptian Copts, may be a harbinger of things to come among other branches of the Church Universal.
PS - for Alix, I think it would be more correct to write 'Islamia delenda est', or 'delenda est Islamia'. Latinists with more command of the language than I - please advise.
12 Feb 2013
Historically, about a third of all the Popes were murdered, making Pope even more dangerous than commercial fisherman.
B16 is a nice guy and I hope he enjoys retirement. Mazel tov.