« One word: | Main | The Pope's New Theologian »

December 01, 2005

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451be0d69e200d8346421ea53ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Counter-Fatwa:

Comments

jtbf

"if we really are sure that they have found the right answer." This does not sound like anti-relativist Cardinal Ratzinger.

sharon d.

I read the "if" as a different sort of conditional, not implying some sort of relativist doubt; as in, "If I love my kids, I'm going to want to do the best for them"--which takes for granted that I do love my kids.

Nicholas

I understood "if we are really sure that they have found the right answer" as "if we are really sure they are serious." Not that there is more doubt in the case of a Muslim than there is for anyone else, of course; it's something a wise pastor of souls must consider for any catechumen.

tom

If the Catholic Church in Italy or anywhere else fails to provide support to converts from Islam or any other religion then it is not only failing those people but Christ. Islam prescribes death to apostates and is not tolerant of members of other religions, even "people of the Book." The very best that Christians can hope from in Islamic dominated societies is second class citizenship.
This said there are converts to Catholicism from other Christian denominations who have experienced ostracism and worse right here in this country.

Tom Haessler

Well, I thought too that mainstream Islam decrees death for apostates (after reading half a dozen books like Robert Spencer's ISLAM UNVEILED), but this Jesuit applies something analogous to the historical critical method to the two hadith containing this punishment and shows (convincingly to this person unlearned in the area) that the Quran and that reliable hadith do NOT support the death penalty for apostasy. It's critical that we get smart Jesuits and others to be involved in the dialogue with Muslims - those who know Arabic and can argue from knowledge with Muslims.

Tom Haessler

Joseph D'Hippolito

Wait a minute! We have nothing to fear from Islam! Mark Shea said so! See this link:

http://www.ncregister.com/articulo2.php?artkod=MTQ3

Since the National Catholic Register published it, it must be true!

Simon

Actually, Shea's piece is, as usual, a model of intelligence and good sense. He's not sugarcoating the problems endemic to the Muslim world or the threat radical Islamists pose to the civilized world.

Rather, Shea calmly refutes the battier elements among Christians who extrapolate from this that Allah (the word Arabic-speaking Christians as well as Muslims use for God) is really a "Moon God." How and where is Shea's reasoning wrong -- and where does he say anything like "we have nothing to fear from Islam?"

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.