Message From The Vatican
Many websites posted the news that a condemnation of Islam has been issued by Monsignor Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI. This is the closest the Vatican has come yet to denouncing the presence of Islam on European soil and to warning Europeans of the consequences of political correctness.
The following version of the story is from Eucharistie Miséricordieuse:
In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mgr. Georg Gänswein warns Europe of the danger of ignoring, out of ingenuousness, the attempt to Islamize Europe.
"From my point of view, the comments on Islam made by Benedict XVI in Ratisbonne were prophetic." (...)
"The attempt to Islamize the West cannot be denied," Mgr. Georg affirmed to the magazine, "and the danger that derives from it for Europe's identity must not be ignored on the pretext of being falsely kind and understanding. Catholicism sees this and says it clearly."
In Italy it is often forgotten that the prelate has been a professor in the pontifical universities, and that his thinking faithfully reflects the ideas of Benedict XVI.
"The speech in Ratisbonne ought to aid in combating a certain ingenuousness." Monsignor Gänswein underscores that "one" Islam does not exist, nor does "an important and restraining authority for all Muslims". Grouped together under the idea of Islam, there are many currents, mutually contradictory, extending even to the extremists who base their actions on the Koran and enter the fight armed." In any case, the Holy See is addressing the problem through its analyses, and trying to maintain continuous contact and talks through the Pontifical Council for inter-religious dialogue.
During a visit by the Holy Father to his native land in September 2006, he had commented on the relationship of Islam to violence and to reason. This speech had triggered hostile reactions.
Georg Gänswein works and lives permanently beside Pope Benedict XVI. He shares with him and five other collaborators, including four Italian nuns, a large apartment at the Vatican.
We can only hope that more such declarations will follow. The Pope's stand is of vital importance, even if one is not Catholic.