By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk is warning that unless Europeans return to their Christian roots, the entire continent will become Islamicized.
According to the Prague Daily Monitor, Cardinal Ilk, 77, Archbishop of Prague, says the encroachment of Islam is putting pressure on Christians to live their faith to the full.
“The Muslims definitely have many reasons to be heading here,” he said. “They also have a religious one – to bring the spiritual values of faith in God to the pagan environment of Europe, to its atheistic style of life.”
The Cardinal blames the “individualistic life style” of Europeans for the gains Islam has made into Europe because they are “neither able nor willing to make sacrifices.”
Birthrates in Europe are among the lowest in the world, leaving so few native citizens in nations such as Italy, Germany and France that the cultural identity of these nations is in serious peril.
“Unless the Christians ‘wake up,’ life may be Islamised and Christianity will not have the strength to imprint its character on the life of people, not to say society,” he said.
Czechs can use their experience of transitioning from Communism to freedom in this new battle to reinforce Christianity in Europe.
“Neither the free market nor freedom without responsibility are strong enough to form the basis of society. Not even democracy alone is a panacea unless it is embedded in God,” he said.
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