Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Leading Muslim: West must cease to declare criticism of the religious foundation of the extremism as "islamophobic"

The Islamic scholar Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf is the Secretary General of Indonesia's largest Muslim Association. He talks about Islamic terrorism. The West must cease to declare criticism of the religious foundation of the extremism as "islamophobic", he says.

There is a clear link between fundamentalism, terrorism and basic Islamic orthodoxy, "said Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, Secretary General of the largest Muslim Association in Indonesia, in an interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". In particular, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as the attitude of Muslims to the state and law, are problematic and lead to segregation and hostility. "Too many Muslims see civilisation, the peaceful coexistence of people of different faiths, as something to be combated," says Yahya Cholil Staquf. The growing fear of the West before Islam is therefore quite understandable. And one must be clear about the connections: "The West must stop thinking that questions about Islam are Islamophobic."

"We have to come to the conclusion that an understanding which sets the traditional norms of Islamic law as absolute is wrong. Religious values ​​and social reality must fit together. And it must be crystal clear that the state laws take precedence, "says the Islamic philosopher in conversation with the Frankfurter Allgemeine.

Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf comes from a Sunni scholar family. He is General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Muslim association in Indonesia, which is the country with the largest Muslim population worldwide. The community of Nahdlatul Ulama gives its membership as fifty million and at least partly understands itself as moderate. Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf belongs to the spiritually oriented wing of the organisation.


Cardinal: "Democracy does not run by itself"

On the Day of German Unity, Cardinal Reinhard Marx called on the citizens to participate in society in view of the outcome of the Bundestag elections.

"Democracy does not run by itself," said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference on Tuesday in his sermon at a church service in Munich's Trinity Church. "Just after the last election, we realised that the great experience of German unity does not mean that all problems are solved by themselves. A democratic, open community needs constant commitment, "said Marx. The Cardinal recalled when he separation of East and West and the Wall had already become self-evident: "As a young man, I could never have imagined the Day of German Unity. There were no signs that communism would disappear during our lifetime. "This had taught him to reckon with the surprises of the history and surprises of God. "Much is possible when there are people who are brave and have a hope," said Marx.



The ceiling of the church where the Cardinal was preaching whose message is less secularised than that of the Cardinal.

Archbishop planning conference on assisted suicide, says being pro-life is not just about protecting unborn children

The Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) is planning a conference on assisted suicide in November. Details of the Vatican's two-day congress, organised jointly with the European section of the World Association of Doctors, are due to be announced shortly, as President Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia announced on Monday. It was exceptional, he emphasised that an "absolutely non-religious organisation" had asked themselves to speak with the Vatican about this "very delicate" topic for both sides.

Paglia commented on the occasion of the presentation of the first annual meeting of PAL after an organizational and personnel transformation. The focus of this meeting, which takes place from Thursday to Saturday, is the accompaniment of the different life phases in the technological era.
In the meantime, the Vatican wants to invite the Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity (Broeders van Liefde) into the debate on active euthanasia. They are to be given the opportunity to explain their point of view, according to the press release of the General Administration of the Brothers of Charity in Rome, published on Monday. The meeting in Rome was the last chance for the organization to reconcile itself with the Catholic doctrine, according to the statement.

On September 12, the Belgian organization of the Brothers of Charity affirmed its position not to exclude active euthanasia for the mentally ill in the non-terminal stage. The organization manages 15 psychiatric clinics in Belgium.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said on Monday, among others. also, that "Pro Life" must mean not only protecting life for unborn children, but also for refugees and migrants. "The position of guardians of life must not be restricted to bioethical aspects." As Pope Francis recalls, everyone must always be pro-life, in any case and everywhere, "says Paglia. These include the admission of migrants and refugees or the prohibition of arms trafficking. "We want to limit the notion of 'life' not only to a level of theory, but also to take account of the historical and geographic events." Pro Life is not simply a theory, but a concrete attitude that is not limited to medicine


This is the same Archbishop who featured in a homoerotic painting which he commissioned for a church.

The Pope believes that refugees are "warriors of hope".  Warriors maybe.

Nationalism is a sin

Bedford-Strohm: Nationalism is a sin
Nationalism under the cover of a Christian coat? Not for Protestant Church in Germany Council President, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. He calls for the opposition of Christians and also explains why.

The President of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, warned against a growing nationalism. According to Bavarian Radio, the Bavarian regional bishop said at Ingolstadt on Monday evening at a ceremony for the Day of German Unity and the Jubilee Year of the Reformation: "Nationalism is a manifestation of sin."

If a people only see themselves, and no longer the others, then this is a sign of sin, as the reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) understood it. 

Nationalism poisoned the climate between people, emphasised Bedford-Strohm. Where it was surrounded with the Christian mantle, a clear contradiction was displayed.

"For it treads down all everything the Christian tradition represents." From his criticism, however, the regional bishop assumed a healthy patriotism. Freedom belongs to charity, freedom is unthinkable without charity. That is why many Christians were committed to the sick, people in need and refugees, the regional bishop reminded his audience.

At the same time Bedford-Strohm criticised the culture of the accusation and devaluation in the increasingly "unsocial" media. He demanded a culture of thoughtfulness and critical self-examination so that the social media would actually become such. The regional bishop urged politicians not to accuse or even to offend each other. He would wish politicians to make public their mistakes. That would be a sign of strength.