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Cardinal says liberals and Islamists are ‘Beasts of Apocalypse’

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This story seems to have received surprisingly scant mainstream media coverage. Via Yahoo! news:

Cardinal says liberals and Islamists are ‘Beasts of Apocalypse’

Vatican City (AFP) – A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin “Beasts of the Apocalypse” comparable to Nazism and communism.

In an intervention at an ongoing synod of bishops on the future of Catholic teaching on the family, Guinean cardinal Robert Sarah reportedly described Islamist militants and western thinking on abortion and homosexuality as sharing “the same demonic origin”.

“Theological discernment allows to see in our times two unexpected threats — almost like the Beasts of the Apocalypse — from two opposite positions: on one side the idolatry of western freedom, on the other religious fanaticism,” said the cardinal, who is one of the leaders of the Church’s conservative wing.

“What Nazism-fascism and communism were to the 20th century, western ideologies on homosexuality and abortion and Islamic fanaticism are to today,” the cardinal said in comments made last week in the closed-doors synod and published Tuesday by several Italian media outlets.

Sarah reportedly said the secular western world’s way of thinking threatened to destroy the family through “quickie divorces, abortion, homosexual unions: look at gender theory, Femen (a feminist group known for topless protests), the LBGT lobby.

“On the other side, there is the pseudo-family of an ideological Islam which legitimises polygamy, sexual slavery, child marriage: look at Al-Qaeda, IS, Boko Haram.

“Certain keys allow us to discern the same demonic origin of these two movements: they both advocate a universal and totalitarian law, they’re both violently intolerant, destroyers of families and the Church, and openly anti-Christian.”

The African cardinal’s outburst follows reports earlier this week that another conservative cleric had described “a whiff of Satan” permeating the synod, which has been beset by mutual allegations of plotting as the battle between conservatives and progressives has intensified.

Sarah, who holds the equivalent of a ministerial post at the Vatican, was one of the cardinals who sent Pope Francis a private letter last week complaining that the synod’s procedures had been rigged in favour of liberals who support reform of the Church’s approach on homosexuality and divorce.

He has also been a prominent opponent of any dilution of Catholic doctrine which means a believer who gets divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony is effectively excluded from the Church by being denied the right to take communion and confess their sins.

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  • Reynardine

    Cardinals are pretty sober birds, but both robins and cedar waxwings like getting clobbered on fermented fruit.

  • The greenmantle

    allegorical = so open to interpretation it could mean anything 🙂 and for each new generation it does 😉

    Sir David

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    Surely all the same: divorcees, abortionists, homosexuals, feminists, bisexuals, transgenders, polygamists, sexual slaves and pedophiles. No communion for such hellspawn!

  • Reynardine

    N. B.: That was a real animal, called Andrewsarchus, after Roy Chapman Andrews, who did a lot of the pioneering work in paleontology in the Gobi Desert. Only one immense jawbone was found. I have no idea how they reconstructed the rest of it. I probably would not have impugned the poor beast with such an appearance unless I just had to.

  • Reynardine

    Wutt?

  • Marinater

    He’s trying to be the enemy that will unite Islamic Extremists and Western Liberals…thank you for your sacrifice, Cardinal

  • Reynardine

    Yeah, and I’m coming to get you.

  • Jekyll

    More to come. Just back and watch.

  • Jekyll

    Sarah reportedly said the secular western world’s way of thinking threatened to destroy the family through “quickie divorces, abortion, homosexual unions: look at gender theory, Femen (a feminist group known for topless protests), the LBGT lobby.

    Nothing I disagree with that.

  • moraka

    No doubt they do not for insanity.

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    As with all mystic texts the Revelation is highly allegorical (for the Catholic view, see CCC §115ff). In today’s dominant historical-critical method the Revelation is primarly linked to the anticipated fall of Rome.
    http://www.usccb.org/bible/revelation/0
    It’s a similar thing with the Song of Songs, basically a love song, the bride-groom relationship has been interpreted as symbolizing Christ/the church or God/the soul…

  • Laurent Weppe

    Which is precisely why this is one of my favorite parts of the Bible: if you’re going to predict the eventual collapse of the your civilization caused by the greed and callousness of its elites, better do it in a colorful, vividly out there way.

  • mindy1

    Do they screen cardinals for drugs?

  • JD

    Deadly school stabbing highlights racial tensions in Sweden

    http://news.yahoo.com/deadly-school-stabbing-highlights-racial-tensions-sweden-131849912.html

    A 21-year-old
    local man rampaged through a school in the city Thursday, stabbing two
    people to death and seriously wounding two others before being fatally
    shot by police. Authorities called it a racist hate crime, saying he
    methodically selected dark-skinned victims at Trollhattan’s Kronan
    school, where most students are foreign-born.

  • Yausari

    I’ve just read a part of chapter 16. Someone recommended me. It’s random prophecies (quite messy). There’s nothing to prove that any of it will come true.

  • The greenmantle

    Coo coo ! ( waves at Ilisha ) 😉

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    The book of the revelation of St John the Devine sounds like it was written by someone on LSD . Dont believe me ? try reading it sometimes ,its pure bonkers.
    Makes Pammy sound sane .

    Sir David

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