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

Friday, January 16, 2009

"Think Twice Before Marrying A Muslim" Says Catholic Cardinal

According to The Daily Telegraph, Jose Cardinal Policarpo, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal, has warned Roman Catholic women thinking about marrying Muslim men, to think twice before doing so. He states that the only truth Muslim men are interested in hearing is their own, and that "dialogue (with them) is extremely difficult."

He also brought to attention the nasty treatment that the non-Muslim wives receive when they are taken by their Muslim husbands into Muslim countries. Many of these wives never return to their native country, because once they are in Muslim lands they are considered chattel and have no rights of their own. They cannot travel freely or do anything else without their husband's permission. Life becomes an unthinkable nightmare.

No reaction yet from the 40,000 Muslims living in Portugal.


Paul said...

Well, that's what Vatican II can do to us. Way back in the pre-Vatican II days, we Catholics were taught to think twice about marrying even a Protestant (and then to forget about it, unless he/she at least agreed to raise your progeny in the Catholic faith, or else go get married by a Justice of the Peace, in which case you weren't married in the eyes of God.)

Not that I think the old rule was bad, but I would add to the Cardinal's modern "think twice" advice the categories of "Scientologist," "atheist," "bisexual," "politician," "liberal," "pro-choicer," and "SUV owner." (No theological bent here, just MHO.)

PS/ Welcome back.