For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Brave Christians Open Shop In Qatar

With a new religious tolerance and openness in mind, or perhaps its bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, the nation of Qatar, a Wahhabi-style Sunni Islamic country, saw the consecration of Our Lady Of The Rosary, the first Christian Church in that nation.

The new church, located in the city of Doha, has no steeple or cross by which to identify it by its Christian faith, so as not to offend the locals. In spite of this the 20+ year project includes five other Christian churches under construction of different denominations. Read the whole story here in the Jerusalem Post.

Is it just me or do the rest of you fear a near future for those churches that includes being burned to the ground by local angry mobs of Muslims? Anytime you have to hide steeples and crosses from church exteriors due to concerns of the sensibilities of locals, I'd say trouble is coming.

May God protect and bless the parishioners of Our Lady Of The Rosary, because I fear the government of Qatar will stick their necks out only so far to protect non-Muslims of any kind.

(AP Photo from Jerusalem Post)