Wrong Belief, Right Devotion

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The Catholic Gentleman (love the line: “Be a man. Be a saint”…) has an interesting excerpt from Venerable Fulton Sheen about the Muslims’ devotion to Mary as a possible gateway to the conversion of that particular breed of infidels.

I need to point your attention to a couple of things that, I think, should be said. Contrary to what Belloc states, Islam can’t be a heresy, because by denying the divinity of Christ and of the Holy Ghost it cannot be seen as the same religion, worshiping the same God. Islam is a monstrous deformation of Christianity in a way that it denies the very concept of God, and therefore this monstrous deformation can’t be considered Christian in any way, shape or form. 

Secondly, we must also observe that, thankfully, the resilience of the Muslim world to Christian conversion is beginning to break, and there have been several reports showing that a large number of Muslims converts every year, more or less secretly, to Christianity. I remember reading the figure of half a percent a year of the entire Muslim population. Stunning developments even if, of course, destined to remain under the radar for who knows how long still. 

The main point of the article, though, is rather interesting: the devotion to Mary as the gateway to a Truth to which most Muslims are impervious when this Truth is presented to them from other directions. And in fact, it just does not make sense to believe in both the Immaculate Conception and the virgin birth without believing in the reason why both make sense in the first place. Who knows, perhaps the Fatima apparition will truly be the skeleton key allowing Truth to, one day, enter that evil false religion. 

This mixture of some truths with many lies is what happens when you take a religion and start to tamper with it for your own ends. It becomes a mishmash of contradictory beliefs, a salad of imported truths and invented lies, and ultimately a container for all sorts of absurdities and monstrosities .

Which is what Islam is.




Posted on December 16, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. And not the least of the problems with Islam is that it is against human nature. Lack of freedom and force is primary means of holding it together.

  2. Here is a book, by a missionary pastor about Muslims who converted because they had dreams or visions of Christ. It seems our prayers and the missionary efforts are convincing at least some Muslims that Jesus Christ is God and the Messiah.


  3. Belloc stretched the definition of “heresy” beyond the theological, I believe, in order to make his point about the origins of Islam as a lethal combination of certain Catholic teachings. He makes this clear in his chapter on Islam in The Great Heresies: “Mohammedanism was a : that is the essential point to grasp
    before going any further. It began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It
    was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It
    was a perversion of Christian doctrine. Its vitality and endurance soon
    gave it the appearance of a new religion, but those who were contemporary
    with its rise saw it for what it was_not a denial, but an adaptation and a
    misuse, of the Christian thing. It differed from most (not from all)
    heresies in this, that it did not arise within the bounds of the Christian
    Church. The chief heresiarch, Mohammed himself, was not, like most
    heresiarchs, a man of Catholic birth and doctrine to begin with. He
    sprang from pagans. But that which he taught was in the main Catholic
    doctrine, oversimplified. It was the great Catholic world_on the frontiers
    of which he lived, whose influence was all around him and whose
    territories he had known by travel_which inspired his convictions. He came
    of, and mixed with, the degraded idolaters of the Arabian wilderness, the
    conquest of which had never seemed worth the Romans’ while.”

    The entire chapter may be found by googling: “belloc on the islamic heresy”

    • Fine. But the point remains that Islam is not a heresy, and to call it a heresy, Mohammed a heresiarch etc can make other people believe they worship the same God. However good the intention (which I haven’t questioned), the concept is wrong and must be corrected.

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