It was the popes who called for the
crusades; and it was Catholics who took the cross.
Times have changed, radically. Today, the Catholic Church’s
hierarchy stands among the greatest apologists for Islam. Europe’s top
cardinal, Jean-Claude Hollerich, recently said,
for instance, that “Prophet Muhammad would have been ashamed” of the
terrorism plaguing France, including the butchery of elderly Christians
inside their church in Nice, and the beheading of a French teacher who
“blasphemed” against Muhammad.
Indeed, one need only look to Pope Francis for a plethora of
apologias concerning Islam, which he regularly presents as a “sister”
religion to Christianity that seeks only to coexistent peacefully with
Catholics and everyone else. Just because some Muslims “misinterpret”
their religion, the pope has insisted, is not Islam’s fault.
Thus, in 2016, when a journalist asked Pope Francis if Fr.
Jacques—another French priest slaughtered by Muslims inside his church
during mass—was “killed in the name of Islam,”
Francis adamantly disagreed. He argued that he hears of Catholics
committing violence every day in Italy: “this one who has murdered his
girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are
baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic
violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.”
Apparently, for this pope, violence done in accordance with Allah’s
commandments—for example the execution of blasphemers—is no more
troubling than violence done in contradiction of the Christian God’s
commandments. By this perverse logic, if we hold Islam accountable, so
must we hold Christianity accountable, regardless of the fact that Islam
does justify violence—against apostates, blasphemers, infidels in general, et. al.—while Christianity condemns it.
If this is the Catholic hierarchy’s “official” position on Islam,
clearly, the Catholic Church as a body is not just forfeiting its 1,400
years of experience with and knowledge of Islam; it is being
indoctrinated in the exact opposite of truth.
It is for this reason that What Catholics Need to Know about Islam,
a new book by William Kilpatrick, is a welcome and timely contribution.
Consisting of some 400 pages divided into 23 chapters, the author
explores a variety of topics, which have largely been censored by the
Catholic hierarchy, starting with the widespread claim that Christians
and Muslims worship the same God—an obvious falsehood, unless one
accepts that God is schizophrenic, presenting certain attributes about
himself to one group of people, while denouncing those same attributes
to another group.