Cardinal Sarah says West must wake up to threat of Islamism after three killed at French Catholic church

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 05:36 am (CNA).- Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to the threat of Islamism after three people were killed at a French church by an attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

The Guinean cardinal wrote on Twitter Oct. 29 that “Islamism is a monstrous fanaticism which must be fought with force and determination.”

“It will not stop its war. Unfortunately, we Africans know this all too well. The barbarians are always the enemies of peace,” the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote.

“The West, today France, must understand this. Let us pray.”

L’islamisme est un fanatisme monstrueux qui doit être combattu avec force et détermination. Il n’arrêtera pas sa guerre. Nous africains le savons hélas trop bien. Les barbares sont toujours les ennemis de la paix. L’Occident, aujourd’hui la France, doit le comprendre. Prions. +RS

— Cardinal R. Sarah (@Card_R_Sarah) October 29, 2020

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday.

The incident took place at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice Oct. 29 at around 9am local time, according to French media.

Christian Estrosi, Nice’s mayor, said that the perpetrator, who was armed with a knife, was shot and arrested by the municipal police. He described the incident as a terrorist attack.

He said in a video posted to Twitter that the attacker repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during and after the attack.

Estrosi wrote on Twitter that two of the victims were killed inside the basilica. He paid tribute to the church’s guardian who he said was “so appreciated by the parishioners.”

The attack in Nice follows the beheading of a Paris school teacher, Samuel Paty, in an Islamist terror attack earlier this month.

The day after the murder in Paris, Sarah tweeted that he was praying in Rome “for martyred France.”

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  1. Cardinal Sarah would make a fine Pope. It will be interest to hear what, if anything, Francis says about this atrocity. Nothing so far? Perhaps he is working on a joint statement with the Grand Imam. It certainly won’t affect his absolute commitment to open borders immigration.

  2. Unlike the peace of the Gospel, the peace of the Qur’an endorses warrior-code violence:

    “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you” (Q 9:123), and “Make War on them until idolatry shall cease and Allah’s religion shall reign supreme” (Q 8:34, see also Q 2:187/191, 9:5, 47:4). “And fight with them until there is no persecution and religion is only for Allah” (Q 2:193); and “until all religions are for Allah” (Q 8:39).

    Peace is affirmed by Islam, but only as what happens after everyone (!) genuflects to the polyglot natural religion of Islam—either through near-term violent jihad or long-term infiltrated jihad. To the Westerner, these verses read like pre-Christian oracles typically including contradictory meanings capable of selective exploitation.

    And yet, now we find in corrupted post-modern Christian evangelization a similar regression into side-by-side contradictions…Coming to mind is the reaffirmation of orthodox sacramental or moral theology, alongside of enabled exceptions as for infiltrated sodomy when cross-dressed as a civil right (rite?) or even as Christian tolerance.

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