Muslims now outnumber Catholics

by Steve Ray on April 1, 2008

The Vatican reported that For the first time in history Muslims now outnumber Catholics. This is mainly due to birthrates. For example, Catholics in the Holy Land have fewer children with the intent of making sure each one is cared for and well educated. On the other hand, Muslims often have as many as 10 or more children but without the same intent of education.

I see it very clearly here in Israel. Bethlehem used to be 90% Christian and 10% Muslim, but is now only 30% Christian and dropping. The Muslims are taking over by having more babies. The world is changing. Read my article "Prepare for the Skyline of the Futher."

For more on this issue, read the recent article in Catholic World News here. For the Reuters News, here . For USA Today here .

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Henry Morse April 1, 2008 at 1:02 PM

a message from my learned friend

My fellow Catholics and Christians,

This election year has much at stake. With every new term we hope and pray for the unity of the nation under God and for the respect and love of man as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us.

It transpires from the campaign, however, that one of the presidential hopefuls, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (D. Illinois) is offending not only our very beliefs, but challenging the peace and stability of the nation as a whole with his past and present actions.

As I am sure you have heard in the last few weeks, the man he calls his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah A. Wright, has gone on record for his own personal account of how our Lord was put to death. According to Wright:

“Jesus’ enemies had their opinion about Him”

“The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans.”

“From the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth (in a barn in a township that was under the Apartheid Roman government that said his daddy had to be in), up to and including the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ death on a cross, a Roman cross, public lynching Italian style. “

Apart from Reverend Wright’s poor knowledge of history, as Italy as a nation or the idea of Italians did not exist in Roman times, nor did the Roman Empire practice apartheid – with its extension all over the known world then, the importing of cultures and immigration of people from all over the world to Rome, how could it be considered apartheid? Furthermore, to this day, a census still calls for the population to register from their hometown. Reverend Wright obviously has never partaken in a census!

This person, with whom Senator Obama has associated for 20 years, has the audacity to distort the Passion of our Lord in this way. Senator Obama has never denounced his comments, nor distanced himself from this man.

Secondly, there is the very disturbing issue of Senator Obama’s kinship with Kenyan dictator Raila Odinga. Minister Odinga is Senator Obama’s cousin and has on many occasions openly supported him as a politician. At least 1000 Christians have been killed by fire and macheted under Odinga’s rule. With the murders respectively of Father Andrea Santoro in Turkey in 2006 and Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho last month, there is plausible reason for concern in these areas for the safety of Christians and the freedom to practice their faith.

Again, Senator Obama has not distanced himself from this vicious tyrant he calls his cousin – can we as Catholics and Christians feel safe in tomorrow’s world under an Obama presidency if he does not denounce religious hate crimes?

There are also two issues on which Senator Obama has taken controversial stances on the future of children, which are very far from our viewpoint as Catholics, and those being the legalization of partial abortion and sex education as early as Kindergarten for children! As if the crime and anguish of abortion weren’t enough (he dismisses unwanted pregnancy simply as a mistake that can be taken care of by an abortion), Senator Obama, if elected, wants to make late-trimester abortions, thus the killing of nearly newborns, perfectly legal! If we were to add to that the appalling idea that he does not want children to be children anymore by proposing sex education at a tender age, it is quite clear that Senator Obama is an enemy both of children, though he is the father of two very young daughters, and of the Christianity he claims to profess.

When we vote this November, we must choose first and foremost a candidate who will not offend our beliefs, the gift of life, or the future of our children. Given the arguments presented above, I truly feel that Senator Obama is not the candidate we can trust to respect either the teachings of either our Lord or our fellow man.

Conchita Vecchio

Ibrahim August 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Yes, Muslims outnumber Catholics, brother Steve, and what have Catholics done to evangelize Muslims? Nothing! We don’t see anything like Raymond Llull, the first missionary to Muslims, a Catholic. Missions to Muslims now only mean humanitarian efforts, and that is fine and dandy but what about the Gospel of salvation that heals their corruption of heart? Catholics are busy converting other Christians like you but are not doing the same thing with Muslims. That is my observation as a former Muslim. Sad to say.

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