«Islam as a barbaric force that threatens to obliterate the remains of Christendom».
These are the words of Cardinal Miloslav Vik is the the outgoing Archbishop of Prague. He issued this warning
«Europe has denied its Christian roots from which it has risen and which could give it the strength to fend off the danger that it will be conquered by Muslims, which is actually happening».
The Cardinal’s position stands in sharp opposition to recent remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, who professed his «deep respect for Islam» and «the virtues proclaimed by Islam».
On his website http://www.kardinal.cz Cardinal Vik describes Islam as a barbaric force that threatens to obliterate the remains of Christendom.
«If Europe doesn’t change its relation to its own roots, it will be Islamized», the 77-year-old cardinal writes. He blames immigration and Muslims’ high birth rate for helping Muslims to «easily fill the vacant space created as Europeans systematically empty the Christian content of their lives».
The fiesty cleric was elevated to the cardinate by Pope John Paul II in 1991. But unlike the previous pope, Cardinal Vik is not ready to kiss the Koran.
«At the end of the Middle Ages and in the early modern age, Islam failed to conquer Europe with arms. The Christians beat them then», Cardinal Vik points out. «Today, when the fighting is done with spiritual weapons which Europe lacks while Muslims are perfectly armed, the fall of Europe is looming».
It is very unusual to see A Roman Catholic Cardinal rebuking the Pope in Rome. Within the Catholic faith it is a grave sin to rebuke the man the Catholics address as the «Holy Father».
If we understand this Cardinal correctly, the Pope in Rome is not infallible. Both the Cardinals view and the Popes view on Islam can not be a testimony of truth given by the Holy Spirit. Simply because they contradict each other.
I do not have to tell you that I believe the 77 year old Cardinal is right. If He had been 20 years younger, He would have been sent for disciplinary coaching inside the Vatican. Catholic laymen who rebuke the Pope in public are simply excommunicated.