The defining issues of the Papacy of Benedict XVI are the recovery of the faith in Europe and the struggle with Islam–so say religious pundits. The two are inextricably linked. As Islamic culture spreads over the face of Europe, so too do demands for the institution of Sharia law, a legal code based on the Koran.
It is no secret that Islam grows in a Europe that has lost its faith, and thus, its self-understanding of its foundation. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both were rebuffed by European leaders when they pressed to have the Christian heritage of Europe noted in the proposed Constitution of the European Union. A Europe weak in faith is a Europe vulnerable to the invading culture of Islam.
Plainly stated: Europeans do not believe in their cultural foundation and will not defend it. Muslims do believe and will defend and impose their faith. Hence the predictions that Eurabia will be Islamic in law and culture by 2050. That is, in just one more generation.
Where to begin the recovery effort?
Pope Benedict XVI has planted his mustard seed–the public baptism of Magdi Allam, a Muslim convert at the Easter Vigil. It comes on the heels of the famous Regensburg Address of 2006, and the engagement with Islam that the Holy Father has initiated with Christian and Islamic scholars.
From an article by the ever insightful Spengler, with quotes from newly baptized Magdi Allam:
“September 2006 address at Regensburg was ‘undoubtedly the most extraordinary and important encounter in my decision to convert’. Osama bin Laden recently accused Benedict of plotting a new crusade against Islam, and instead finds something far more threatening: faith the size of a mustard seed that can move mountains. Before Benedict’s election, I summarized his position as ‘I have a mustard seed and I’m not afraid to use it.’ Now the mustard seed has earned pride of place in global affairs.”
“I asked myself how it was possible that those who, like me, sincerely and boldly called for a “moderate Islam”, assuming the responsibility of exposing themselves in the first person in denouncing Islamic extremism and terrorism, ended up being sentenced to death in the name of Islam on the basis of the Koran. I was forced to see that, beyond the contingency of the phenomenon of Islamic extremism and terrorism that has appeared on a global level, the root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictive”‘s embrace of what he calls the God of faith and reason.
The pope has thrown down the gauntlet, so to speak, declaring to Islam that even if Europe has abdicated, the Catholic Church will not.