In an interview with Dutch newspaper NRC, cardinal Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht, has stated that the catholic church's contacts are too sporadic (NL).
A devout muslim could enter heaven in a higher place then I. They have a lofty idea of their faith. Their solidarity is great. They see the dilution and decadence among christians. God save us, they think. It would be ideal if judaism, christendom and islam together would spread a message against worldwide secularisation, a world that lives as if God does not exist. Man cannot do without transcendental anchoring of his values and norms. Without God the world will be destroyed.That 'lofty idea of their faith' was demonstrated yesterday by AP reporter Sattar (h/t Het Vrije Volk) who obtained a copy of a video circulating in Pakistan:
The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive's head to cries of "God is great!" and hoists it in triumph by the hair.Does the cardinal sincerely believe that devout little muslim will end up in the same heaven as he, let alone in a 'higher place'?
"He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate," says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.
A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds [the victim] by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out "Allahu akbar!" — "God is great!" — as blood spurts from the wound.
The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man's neck until the head is severed.
As misguided (and roundly disappointing) as the cardinals opinion might seem, he seems to still possess some measure of realism, though:
Their image of God is much different from that among christians, who profess the Trinity. Christendom is warmer, more beautiful and richer - I don't say that to discriminate against muslims. Islam means submission to God.And christians do not force their will upon the world using bombs, snuff movies and grievance theater in the name of 'diversity', dear cardinal. Never forget that big distinction.
To muslims God is master and judge in stead of father. As a christian I am not a slave. There is a partnership, God is calling me. But all the while He respects my freedom. He does not force His will upon me.