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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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SAINT PADRE PIO'S VIEW ON SKIRTS VS. PANTS

"A woman shall not be clothed with mans apparel, neither shall a man use woman's apparel: for he is abominable before God that doeth these things." Deuteronomy 22:5

A woman who sold pants in her retail store in Vancouver went to confession in Italy to Padre Pio and was refused absolution...

"He commanded her to return home to Canada and dispose of all this stock, and not to give any of the items to people who might wear them, and if she wanted his absolution, she could come back to Italy and receve it, only after she ruthlessly carried out his orders." Anne McGinn Cillis, Arrivederci, Padre Pio, "A Spiritual Daughter Remembers.

Saint Pio also refused access to the confessional to those who were immodestly dressed. On the door of the church was this message...

"By Padre Pio's explicit wish women must enter the confessional wearing skirts at least 8 inches below the knee. It is forbidden to borrow longer dresses in church and to wear them for the Confessional." Dorothy Gaudiose, Prophet of the People: A Biography of Padre Pio.

CATHOLIC PARISH SELLS FORMER SCHOOL TO MUSLIMS --USING SHARIA FINANCING

I have said it before and I will say it over and over --if we are not living in the days which Christ promised to shorten for the sake of the elect, then I fear what is to come. Confusion is rampant, truth has all but disappeared, apostasy is manifest, and even those who are allegedly Christ's shepherds betray him on a daily basis. In the words of a wise and holy priest --"Today if a person doesn't have extensive theological training or at least access to a holy priest they are toast".

FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL— "Rhode Island’s Islamic community paused yesterday afternoon to mark a milestone: the purchase of a former Catholic school and adjacent gymnasium building to serve as an Islamic elementary and middle school.

The Islamic School of Rhode Island — the state’s first and only — had been renting space from Sacred Heart Church for the last five years. But, on Nov. 19, the Islamic School bought Sacred Heart’s
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EMBER FRIDAY: "THEY DIE BARREN" BECAUSE THEY DENY THE LIVING GOD


Mary’s presence in Elizabeth’s house made the child in Elizabeth’s womb leap for joy. And Elizabeth spoke: "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb." The great joy in Elizabeth’s heart echoes down the centuries in her praise of Mary’s pregnancy and her faith-filled exclamation of happiness that "the Mother of my Savior" has come to visit me.

How contrary is this great joy to the culture of death mentality that prevails today:
"I simply cannot afford this child; this will interrupt my career or tie me down or demand too much of me." Our post-Christian culture is at war with newborn life, the family and is soon to see a new president who promises to roll back all the pro-life achievements of the last forty years.

We must remember there is no true culture if family life is not held sacred or if its stability is in any way at the mercy of human whims and passion. History verifies this -especially Roman history. If "the power that was Rome, the glory that was Greece," decayed and perished, leaving virtually nothing behind but ruins, it was chiefly because divorce, voluntary and selfish childlessness, and even a deliberate refusal to marry sapped the moral and spiritual strength of the race.

"Steriles moriuntur", is the harsh but ghastly verdict that the greatest Roman historian pronounced on his own people, Titus Livius. "They die barren" (they leave none behind to carry on the empire); they are barren, on the other hand, they are dead within themselves because Read More...

EVOLUTION AS SUPERSTITION



This is a Sermon given by Catholic priest Fr. Chad Ripperger on evolution. His website: http://SensusTraditionis.org.

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U.K. PRISON CHAPEL HAS MUSLIM FOOTBATHS BUT NO CRUCIFIX

"And the time will come when people will kill you and think they are doing God a favor. They will do these things because they don't know either the Father or me. I am saying this to you now, so that when the time comes, you will remember what I have said." JESUS--John 16:2-4

From
Telegraph: "The multi-faith room at HMP Lewes will have footbaths installed so Muslim inmates can wash their feet before prayers.

For Christians, however, there will now only be a plain wooden cross and a portable altar which can be removed if other faiths are using the room.

The new £200,000 development at the East Sussex jail has been designed as a multi-faith room with the space split into two.

One side is dedicated to Christian worship and the other is
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RADICAL SECULARISM'S VERSION OF DEATH WITH DIGNITY--TELEVISED ASSISTED SUICIDE

Is a televised suicide "death with dignity"? Only those who are diabolically disoriented could answer in the affirmative.

From
PressAssociation: "The moment a man died in an assisted suicide will be broadcast on British television.

"Craig Ewert, 59, suffered from motor neurone disease and chose to end his life rather than endure the "torture" he feared his degenerative condition meant.

"The former university professor, who lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, travelled to Switzerland t
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IRRESISTIBLE!! THE PRIESTS SINGING PIE JESU


I found this over at Purcell's Chicken Voluntary and could not resist posting it. It is so rare to find something so beautiful that truly gives glory to God. It makes me wonder how so many can resist the beauty of God and His Church.

NETHERLANDS: HOMOSEXUALS ORGANIZE A BLASPHEMOUS CHRISTMAS

"The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves." Isaias 3:9.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
(AP)"A Dutch gay group has organized a "Pink Christmas" festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.

Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25.

ProGay group chairman Frank van Dalen says the event is intended to increase the range
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MONTANA JUDGE: MAN HAS RIGHT TO KILL HIMSELF

The culture of death arose in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve believed they would be like gods if they ate of the forbidden fruit. Throughout history Satan has succeeded to convince man to play god and mortally wound his own soul. With the rejection of truth today, we are in the midst of a steep suicidal decline where God given natural rights e.g. life, are being abrogated at an ever-quickening pace while there is no end in sight to the diabolical creation of new "rights" to commit mortal sin e.g. homosexual marriage and physician assisted suicide.

From ABCnews:
A Montana judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal in the state, a decision likely to be appealed as the state argues that the Legislature, not the court, should decide whether terminally ill patients have the right to take their own life.

Judge Dorothy McCarter issued the ruling late Friday in the case of a Billings man with terminal cancer, who had sued the state with four physicians that treat
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MULTI-FAITH PRAYER ROOMS TO BE PUT IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

The U.K. has begun enforcement of the "Community Cohesion' (OR better yet, "Islamic Appeasement") program in schools. It has now become the duty of Catholic schools to pretend that truth does not exist and all religions are equal. It is bad enough that an anti-Christ mentality is being forced upon the Church, but what is worse is that the English Bishops have succumbed. Such a betrayal of Christ spells disaster for Britain because without the TRUTH there is no hope for humanity.

FROM TELEGRAPH: "A document issued by the Catholic Education Service said facilities for other faiths should be made available in all primary and secondary schools if possible.

Catholic schools in England and Wales should also consider adapting toilet facilities to accommodate ritual cleansing, the document said.

The guidance also said "respectful understanding" should be
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CONVERT MAGDI ALLAM FORMS EUROPEAN POLITICAL PARTY TO DEFEND CHRISTIAN VALUES

Egyptian-born journalist, Magdi Allam, who was baptised by Pope Benedict XVI after renouncing Islam, said Sunday that he has formed a political party that would enter candidates in next year's EU elections.

From
Yahoonews: "Magdi Cristiano Allam said his "Protagonists for Christian Europe" party would work to defend Europe's Christian values, which he sees threatened by secularism and moral relativism. He said his new party would be open to people of all faiths and would be close to the conservative European People's Party.

"Allam, who took the name Cristiano upon converting, has credited Benedict with being instrumental in his decision to become a Catholic and has said the pope had baptized him to support freedom of religion."

"The 56-year-old Allam has lived most of his adult life in Italy, becoming a citizen in 1986. In recent years he was given a police escort after receiving death threats from radical Islamic groups. While working to encourage tolerance between cultures he has also grown increasingly critical of his former faith.

"He said in leading daily Corriere della Sera, where he has worked as deputy editor, that the "root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictual."

DEO GRATIAS: A NEW FSSP PRIEST


Deacon Anthony Sumich was ordained an FSSP priest in New Zealand on Friday. If you are not yet familiar with the FSSP--(Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) you should seek them out. They are holy, counter-cultural men who represent the future of the Catholic Church. They are dedicated to spreading the latin mass and say it exclusively. I attend mass at an FSSP parish and our priest is one of the holiest priests I have ever met next to the late Fr John Hardon, S.J. and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Roger, a reader in New Zealand, photographed the ordination of Deacon Anthony Sumich and graciously forwarded some wonderful photographs of the event. Among those photographed are the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr John Berg, newly ordained priest, Fr Romanoski, and Fr John Rizzo.

As Roger stated -
"It's great to see traditional catholicism come back to NZ in such a magnificent style".

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20,000 MUSLIMS ATTACK EGYPTIAN CHURCH

"For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:31

FROM AINA: "One thousand Christians were today trapped inside the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in West Ain Shams,Cairo, after more than twenty thousand Muslims attacked them with stones and butane gas cylinders. The Church's priest Father Antonious said that the situation is extremely dangerous.

The Muslim mob that attacked the church blocked both sides of the street and encircled the church building, broke its doors and demolished its entire first floor. The mob were chanting Jihad verses as well as slogans saying "we will demolish the church" and "We sacrifice our blood and souls, we sacrifice ourselves for you, Islam", while the entrapped Christians chanted "Lord have mercy".

The incident started on the occasion of the inauguration
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AN AUTHENTICALLY CATHOLIC CHRISTMAS GIFT

The following is a message from the Author of Old Dingledorf Square, James Bixby:

"What influences the way Catholic children and adults think and feel about their faith has more to do with the entertainment they choose than anything else. Bad books and bad movies so quickly destroy the Catholic faith in youth, drive one’s children away from you and eventually destroy their souls.

"Old Dingledorf Square" is a collection of three Catholic Christmas stories in verse that teach adults and children to love their Catholic faith, appreciate and emulate the virtuous life, and learn detachment
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SPAIN BANS CRUCIFIXES IN THE CLASSROOM

A judge in Spain has banned crucifixes in classrooms on the basis that it contravenes the secular and neutral nature of the country’s constitution. What the West really needs is a lesson in the fruits of apostasy and relativism in the form of an Islamic takeover or an economic catastrophe.

From Euronews: The Macias Picavea state school in Valladolid must now remove the religious symbols from classrooms and public spaces. The case was sparked by a 2005 complaint from a parent and a local secular association.

The judgement is said to be the first of its kind in the country’s history.

Despite the provisions of the 1978 constitution, ensuring the separation of Church and state, Catholic symbols are prominent in many of Spain’s schools and colleges. The Vatican is equally unhappy with the judgement. An article in its semi-official newspaper, “L’Osservatore Romano”, said the move was motivated by “anti-religious hatred”.


And here is the Cardinal's reaction from CNA: Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Toledo...called it a doomed, “Christophobic” attempt to “impose a new Read More...

IRELAND: GROWING NUMBERS TRAIN TO BE PRIESTS

Let's hope and pray that God provides His people with what we need i.e., good and holy priests, rather than what we deserve. It is precisely due to our own individual sins and lack of holiness that the Church and the world have had to endure deficient and even wicked leaders. The institutionalized dissent in the Church mirrors the hatred of authority and truth in the world. The reformation of the world must start in the Church--Lord Jesus, send holy, obedient and chaste laborers into your harvest field.

From The Irish Times: IT IS “a myth” to say there is a continuing dearth of vocations to the Catholic priesthood in Ireland, the church’s national co-ordinator of diocesan vocations, Fr Paddy Rushe, has said.

Noting that 30 men entered seminaries to train as priests in Ireland last September, with 31 having done so in September 2007 and 30 in September 2006, he contrasted this with the situation at the beginning of the decade when, in 2000 for instance, 13 men entered. Of that number nine were ordained last year.

Of those entering in recent years, he expected that at least 18 would be ordained in each year. “The problem is that when people sign up, it takes six or seven years for them to be ready,” Fr Rushe said.

This meant that “we are only starting to see people emerge who signed up in 2001, which was a bad year for the Catholic Church as scandals broke and we were at the height of the Celtic Tiger”.

Should the numbers of seminarians continue to rise, he expected an influx of new priests to the Irish Catholic Church by 2014.
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ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY PREPARED? VATICAN CARDINAL: NEW WORLD ORDER TAKING HOLD

According to the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, recently warned: "The idea of creating a 'new man' completely detached from the Judeo-Christian tradition, a new 'world order,' a new 'global ethic,' is gaining ground."

The cardinal denounced the
"dictatorship of relativism," rampant in Western societies, in which there is a growing "anti-Christian attitude" that makes "attacks on Christians, and particular on Catholics, pass off as politically correct."

Speaking of Christians today he said,
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eHARMONY WILL MATCH HOMOSEXUALS

Just like the acceptance of birth control by most, if not all, Protestant Christianity, Christian denominations will continue to capitulate to the world's cry for false charity toward the radical homosexual agenda.

NEW YORK
(CNN) -- "Online dating site eHarmony will create a service for same-sex matching in a settlement of a 2005 complaint that the company's failure to offer such a service was discriminatory."

"Under terms of the agreement with the New Jersey attorney general's office, eHarmony Inc. will start the service, called Compatible Partners, by March 31.

"With the launch of the Compatible Partners site, our policy is to welcome
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BIG BROTHER MONITORS AND INFILTRATES CONVERSATIONS ON CAMPUS TO PROMOTE LIBERAL ISSUES

Queen's University in Ontario, Canada has hired six students who are to intervene in conversations around campus to promote what the University terms social justice issues such as the acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

"If there's a teachable moment, we'll take it," said assistant dean of student affairs Arig Girgrah, who runs the program. "A lot of community building happens around food and dining."

She gave the example of a conversation about a gay character on television as a good example of such a moment.

"Like dons, who serve as student authorities in
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UNLESS THE LORD HAD SHORTENED THOSE DAYS...

I am shocked twice in one day--you will be too! Grotesque Cardinal's Mass in Vienna.

SHOCKING MOB ATTACK ON CHRISTIANS IN SAN FRANCISCO'S HOMOSEXUAL DISTRICT

(Warning: Video may contain offensive language)

I don't think I need to mention where the violent uprising of homosexuals will eventually lead--the following story speaks for itself...
From Worldnetdaily: "Hundreds of homosexual activists rushed out of bars and swarmed a group of Christians who were singing songs in San Francisco's Castro District – and some even threatened to kill the worshippers.

A group of Christians had been singing and praying in the "gay" district for several days, but they never expected an angry mob would run them out. However, that's what happened Friday night.

Here is one woman's account..."People would come stand with us and join us," she said. "We got to pray for some people."

But then angry men began yelling profanities and warning the
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U.K. SCHOOOL GIRLS PUSHED TO RECEIVE BIRTH CONTROL SHOTS

The prophecies of Humanae Vitae have swiftly come to be --recall that Paul VI stated that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a "dangerous weapon... in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies."

From
Dailymail: "Girls as young as 13 will be urged to have contraceptive jabs as part of Government plans to curb teenage pregnancy rates.

Officials claim using long-lasting injections and implants rather than daily pills will make it easier for teenagers to control their fertility."

For teenagers to control their fertility or for the government to control their fertility?

But critics warn that the scheme, which is being rolled out at teenage pregnancy 'hot spots' around the country, will promote promiscuity.

There are also fears the move could fuel the spread of sexually transmitted infections and that the powerful drugs, which render girls infertile for up to three years, are unsuitable for their young bodies.

The Government has written to 21 councils where teenage pregnancy rates have stagnated or risen, telling them to push long-acting reversible contraception injections and implants.

It also wants more school-based contraception clinics to be set up, the Sunday Telegraph reported."
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CHESTERTON ON THE RIGHT RELIGION

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. G.K. Chesterton "The Exception Proves the Rule" The Catholic Church and Conversion

"A Cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon." G.K. Chesterton, Introduction to the Book of Job.

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MUSLIM MAN BRUTALLY MURDERS ROOMMATE'S CATHOLIC GIRLFRIEND


Unfortunately, this story reminds me of a Catholic family member who intends to marry a devout muslim physician. Of course his family does not approve of their relationship, so he has asked her to convert. Needless to say my family is praying very hard.

A Polish teenager was brutally murdered by her boyfriend's Muslim roommate because he disapproved of him going out with a Catholic.

From Yorkshire Post: "Lidia Motylska, 19, was [brutally] strangled in an alleyway in Leeds by Iraqi immigrant Abobakir Jabari who objected to his Kurdish flatmate's relationship with her.

Yesterday Jabari, 39, who was given British citizenship in 2005, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to murdering the petite Polish
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HOMOSEXUAL TERRORISTS STORM CHURCH

Lust is the great destroyer of charity and the cause of most hatred toward God today. All around us we witness this phenomenon--but most especially among those who identify themselves as "gay".

From
Lifesite: "On Sunday, November 9, a band of about 30 homosexuals stormed a church in Lansing, Michigan. Some were well dressed and were stationed inside Mount Hope Church, where they pretended to be normal Sunday worshippers; others were outside dressed in pink and black.

The group of self-described homosexual anarchists, Bash Back!, claims the evangelical church is guilty of “transphobia and homophobia.” The group says that it fights for "liberation," opposes "all forms of state power," and urges members not to condemn certain methods of promoting their cause "on the
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: PENANCE PENANCE PENANCE

The deed is done. A man who promises to do great evil has been elected President of the United States. It is estimated that 54% of Catholics voted for Barak Hussein Obama. In fact, Obama captured the 7 states where Catholics make up more than 30% of the population on Election Day. But wait!:

"Among Catholic voters who attend Mass weekly, McCain won majority support: 54- 45%. Among those who do not attend weekly Mass, the margin for Obama was an overwhelming 61[%]...Thus Obama drew his support from inactive Catholics. And unfortunately, most American Catholics are inactive." Catholic Culture

Another word for "inactive" is apostasized Catholics. The above findings are in keeping with the words of Fr John Hardon:
"ordinary Catholics will not survive this age." And the words of so many holy priests and saints that most Catholics will not be saved. We are living in the long prophesied age of apostasy:

"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness Read More...

AN OBAMANATION OF ERRORS


For those who have become disillusioned by the polls which indicate an imminent Obama victory, I hope to provide a little perspective. We must remember that America is not a Catholic Nation. As Fr. John Hardon, S.J. used to say "America is a thoroughly Protestant Nation". At the outset, our founding fathers denied Christ's reign and sovereignty by rejecting the notion that Christ established a Church that possessed authority over His followers. Pope St. Pius X stated: "That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error."

But what is the result of this separation? Today, we not only ignore God's commands, but we also deny God what He is due--worship in accordance with His will, and obedience to His Church. Liberty, which is based upon truth, has been replaced by license and licentiousness where the spirit of fornication and adultery dominates-- the product of which is the slaughter of innocents for the sake of convenience. The best we can do as a nation is to elect a leader who will confront the
effect of our wicked and adulterous culture --and reduce abortions. There are, however, no electable leaders who perceive or understand the inherent failures of the notion of separation of Church and State.

But the the most lamentable part of an Obama victory is that it would be due to those who falsely claim to be Catholics but are instead "Americanists". We have all heard the mantra---
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OXFORD ENGLAND BANS THE WORD CHRISTMAS

The Christmas madness has begun--I am certain that this is just the beginning of many attempt to eradicate all vestiges of Christianity this season.

FROM
Oxfordmail: "A plan to axe the word Christmas from this year’s city centre festive celebrations has been criticised by religious leaders.

Council chiefs have confirmed there will be no traditional Christ-mas light switch-on in Oxford this year, but instead revellers will be greeted with a 25-metre high mobile of lanterns in the shape of the solar system.

A city council spokesman confirmed this year’s event would be called the “Winter Light Festival” to include all religious denominations.

Shoppers on the streets of Oxford criticised the decision to cut out the word Christmas and called for a return to tradition.

There will also be no mention of the word Christmas in the reduced "festive lights" programme to be erected in the city.

The idea is the brainchild of the charity Oxford Inspires, which has been set up to promote culture in the county and increase participation in cultural events.

Councillors have claimed they are not “Christmas killers”, but the move has outraged religious leaders of all denominations in the city.

Sabir Hussain Mirza, chairman of the Muslim Council of Oxford, said: "I'm really upset about this. This is the one occasion which everyone looks forward to in the year. Christians, Muslims and other religions all look forward to Christmas.

MAGDI ALLAM: TERRORISM IS THE MATURE FRUIT OF THE QURAN

Recent convert to the Catholic Church, Magdi Allam, has written an open letter to the pope requesting him to inform his top aide for relations with Muslims, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, that Islam is not an intrinsically good religion and that Islamic terrorism is not the result of a minority gone astray. Allam's communication preceeds the Catholic-Muslim Forum which is to take place Nov. 4-6.

From CNS: In [his] letter, posted on his Web site Oct. 20, Allam said he wanted to tell the pope of his concern for "the serious religious and ethical straying that has infiltrated and spread within the heart of the church."

He told the pope that it "is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself" that the pope make a pronouncement in "a clear and binding way" on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion.

Allam told Pope Benedict he specifically objected to Cardinal Tauran telling a conference in August that Islam itself promotes peace but that "'some believers' have 'betrayed their faith,'" using it as a pretext for violence.

"The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal
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