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Scourge of the West

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 Contents - Apr 2007AD2000 April 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Benedict XVI's document on the Eucharist - Michael Gilchrist
Book Launch: B.A. Santamaria and Australian Catholicism: Cardinal Pell's tribute - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
'Equal opportunity' legislation threatens Christian teachings - Babette Francis
Catholicism and secularism in Britain: a test of strength on same-sex adoption - Joanna Bogle
History: How much do Catholics know about ecumenical councils? - Frank Mobbs
Vocations: New survey of successful US dioceses: lessons for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
Rockhampton Lenten program: 'whatever that might mean' - AD2000 Report
St Faustina: The Divine Mercy apostolate: a spirituality to transform the world - Eva Kimnes
Belief: Christian-Muslim dialogue: major stumbling blocks - Fr Richard Umbers
Letters: Liturgy: what next? - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Church leadership - P.W. English
Letters: Money talks - Richard Stokes
Letters: Saints needed - Arthur N. Ballingall
National Church Life Survey clarification - Bob Dixon
Letters: Catholic schools
Letters: Catholic atmosphere - Stuart Paterson
Letters: Free and fair markets and the Church's social doctrine - Chris Hilder
Letters: Capital punishment - John Gallagher
Letters: Scourge of the West - Kevin McManus
Letters: African prisoners seek correspondents - Len Clark
Letters: Contraception - Tim Coyle
Books: The Way of Love: Reflections on Deus Caritas Est, Livio Melina and Carl Anderson - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Thought Since the Enlightenment, by Aidan Nichols OP - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Aspects of Authentic Church Teaching, by Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 and Freedom Publishing
Reflection: Benedict XVI on the transforming power of the Resurrection - Pope Benedict XVI

At an international scientific conference in Perth in 1983 I remember a Middle Eastern delegate asking for ten free souvenirs for his ten children.

This did not have the significance it has today. In 452 AD the hordes of Attila the Hun threatened civilisation with destruction. He was called 'the scourge of God' - a scourge allowed by God to chastise a decadent Europe.

Could there be a more specific scourge of today's immoral West than the massive influx of Muslims?

* To the apostasy of the West, Islam offers a radical theocracy.

* To the West's contraception, it demonstrates massive fertility.

* To its feminism, Islam presents home as seclusion and refuge.

* To the West's alcoholism, it practises total abstinence.

* To the West's liberal tolerance of crime, it offers strict Sharia law.

The late founder of Human Life International, Fr Paul Marx OSB said a generation ago, 'Future generations will wonder why so many Catholic bishops and priests of the West didn't see contraception as a seminal evil, and the chief cause of the Church's swift decline'.

There is a generation of young Catholic adults today who have never heard a sermon against the curse of contraception as the cause of so many social evils. Is it ever condemned in Catholic schools?

The population of Europe is in free fall with the deficit being filled by Islamic fertility. The future doesn't need a prophecy, just a mathematical calculation. In this future, of course, they will ask, 'Why did this happen?'

Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 3 (April 2007), p. 16

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