I have been reluctant to speak on the issues of terrorism and Islam because I have not been confident on how to approach the topic from a distinctively Catholic voice. While many Christians have been slaughtered in the Middle East due to the rise of radical Islamic sects, the slaying of Father Jacques Hamel has pushed me to realize that I can no longer stay silent on the issue.
The first thing I will say is that the Catholic Church needs to quit being friends with everyone while seeking to maintain a facile “religious dialogue” with those outside of the salvific ark of the Church. Instead of embodying a weak ecumenism the Church must reclaim her identity as the carrier of the Gospel seeking to bring souls to the nourishment of Christ.
We are the Church Militant, not the Church ecumenical. Converting Muslims and bringing them the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be our aim, not a pat on the back as if everything is going to be alright. Islam rejects the Trinity, they reject Christ as the savior, and they reject the Church that Christ gave to the world. Outside of the Church there will be no salvation and we need to proclaim this message to the Muslim nations.
Additionally, the secular atheist West is impotent to fight a war of this magnitude. But this will be a topic for a later post.
May God grant Father Jacques Hamel eternal rest, and may the blood of the martyrs become the seed of the Church.
– Lucas G. Westman