The case of Islam is different. Its religion includes a public legislation. Separation of mosque and state is not conceivable. Islam enters Europe as a civilization in which these relations of religion and politics are already included. While the number of laws in the Qur’an that might touch the public order may be few, they are considered culturally important and include marriage laws, punishment, treatment of property and women.
The problem arises when we think that these points of the Muslim law are merely questions of our civil law, when the Muslims consider them to be the unbreakable Law of God. Thus, a “true” Muslim, faced with a western positive law state, has to choose between a changeable custom and the Law of God contained in the Qur’an. That is, he cannot be at peace in any society that does not establish the Law of Islam as its civil law. Thus, in the end, it seems clear that the “true” Islam is indeed a “peaceful” religion only when it has attained political and religious control of the Law that governs our thought, actions, and polities.
Pope Francis has mentioned the devil in his homilies frequently, warning us against his infernal tactics to turn us away from God. Our headlines are filled with evidence of cultural unrest and societal decay in many parts of the world, including our own. ISIS is on the march and leaving scores of martyred Christians in their wake. The Church is enduring scandal and confusion is spreading.
So, it’s not surprising that people are noticing that the devil is keeping busy, and as a result are showing greater interest in spiritual warfare. In fact, one of our most popular-selling books currently is the Manual for Spiritual Warfare which contains wisdom and prayers of the saints who persevered in the devil’s battle for their souls.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
“Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you,” the Phoenix bishop said in a Sept. 29 exhortation, saying that “this battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident.”
“Catholic men have not been willing to ‘step into the breach’ – to fill this gap that lies open and vulnerable to further attack,” he continued.