That’s how far the Catholic Church has sunk, that members now have to debate the incoherent mutterings of a marxist pontiff (on Islam) that depart from hundreds of years of stated policy.
NOTE: Msgr.Swetland’s attempted ”gotcha” strategy falls flat, there is no imperative from on high to admit the ridiculous notion that islam is peaceful. Pure bunk. The weasel is easily debunked and all he’s reduced to is repeating claims already debunked by Spencer. Kick this guy out of the church.
Swetland v. Spencer: Is Islam a “Religion of Peace” – a hot debate
The other day Catholic radio show host Drew Mariani had a (too short) debate about the claim that Islam is a “Religion of Peace” between Robert Spencer (an Eastern Catholic who has written extensively on Islam and who directs Jihad Watch) and Msgr. Stuart Swetland. You can hear this archived HERE. Listen and take note their different tones as they make their points.
Swetland argues that Catholics must accept that the magisterium requires Catholics to accept that Islam is a “Religion of Peace”. Spencer argues that the sacred texts of Islam state that Islam is not a Religion of Peace.
Then, over at Crisis (which I admire each day as a great resource) we see a response to Msgr. Swetland by William Kilpatrick.
Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful?
The Apostles’ Creed (updated version):
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the peaceful nature of Islam. Amen.