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Inter-faith Quran blessing in a Catholic Cathedral

Abbot Joseph of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Monastery of the Transfiguration in California reports on the following event in his blog, Word Incarnate:


On September 11, 2001, an Islamic jihad murdered at least 3000 American citizens on our own soil, causing immense human sorrow, economic loss, and national humiliation. Now how do you think that event was commemorated in the Catholic cathedral in Sacramento, CA, in 2010? By holding a service to bless the Koran, of course—even though the ones who perpetrated those evil deeds believed the inspiration for them was found therein.

It seems that insanity is reaching new levels in certain places. Here is a portion of the story: “Representatives of different religions, including members of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, and Druid [yes, California has everything] communities, took part in an interfaith blessing of the Qu’ran at Sacramento’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on September 11. During the ceremony, Father Michael Kiernan, rector of the cathedral, read from the Beatitudes… Several dozen people placed roses on the Quran, in front of the main doors to the cathedral. Upon placing their roses, people said before the crowd, ‘Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.’”

Yes, you read it correctly, they placed roses on the Koran in a Catholic cathedral dedicated to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? (A Druid placing a rose on the Koran in a Catholic cathedral: I couldn’t have made that up if I tried!)


More reports can be found here, here, here and here.
(UPDATE: Fr. Kiernan has clarified the story and denied his involvement. See HERE.)

27 comments:

elmwood said...

won't these liberals die already? they are dinosaurs. absolutely pathetic...

Pablo said...

At the Boston Tea Party, American Freemasons dressed as Indians.

Food for thought.

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Robert said...

Let's work a deal out. We give the Muslims Sacremento Calif, and we get back Constantinople. I do believe all the Turks in Istanbul can fit into Sacremento. So why didn't this Interfaith Service happen in a Mosque?.

Robert said...

http://byztex.blogspot.com/2010/09/egyptian-govt-attacks-coptic-monastery.html

Read this story first and then read this post!.

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

This was outside the Cathedral or rather right up front not in in the Cathedral just to make sure people got the facts straight.

G. said...

Pablo,

I do like where you are going but please elaborate, I don't quite follow.

LeonG said...

It beggars belief that there is surprise here - the pope himself has been into a mosque & prayed with the imam while his predecessor not only embraced the Quran but also favoured the building of the grand mosque in Rome. Understand this, the post-conciliasr inter-religious and ecumenical paradigms propagate what is in reality scandalous behaviour with full hierarchical consent.

/Brian said...

elmwood said
won't these liberals die already? they are dinosaurs. absolutely pathetic...

What is the difference between this inter-faith Quran blessing and Pope John Paul II kissing the Quran; or, for that matter, his gathering at Assisi?

http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A055rcKoran.htm

Anonymous said...

Why has no one mentioned who the Bishop is, or are we all supposed to just know?

Anonymous said...

Brian --

I don't think there was any indication that it was ok when JPII did it. I could be putting my own thoughts into elmwoods mouth, though.

I think most on this board would readily admit that JPII was a liberal and is one of the chief reasons we are still dealing with these asinine interfaith gatherings.

Hieronymus

Anonymous said...

Isn't Bp. Cordileone the one in charge there? I thought he was good and solid. I know he was really instrumental in passing Prop. 8. I hope that he had nothing to do with this blasphemy. Information, anyone?

W.C. Hoag said...

Ugh...the Spirit of Assisi '86 is still blowing.

When will this chill end?!

Anonymous said...

It was a small bunch of the local nuts on the steps of the Cathedral only!

Anonymous said...

"Why has no one mentioned who the Bishop is, or are we all supposed to just know?"

Bishop Jaime Soto has been our Bishop in Sacramento for two years now. I am very saddened to read that this event took place in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. I pray the Bp. had no foreknowledge of this scandalous event.

Xavier.

Pascendi said...

This incident shows exactly the problem. The problem is with "us".We are the schismatics, heretics, apostates, lukewarm Christians... etc.

Islam is merely filling the vacuum. The challenge to us as Christians is, can we offer something better to these wavering Mohommedans? The Christian is to witness to the truth and proclaim the Gospel. As apostate nations, this is indeed a hard, if not impossible task.

Many had placed their trust in "princes" (.e.g. Bush, Blair et al.) and we see the result. No, a pornography riddled Hollywood nation, several notches below the barbarians of the north during Roman times, cannot be expected to defeat Islam. On the contrary, Islam is defeating it. Islam is defeated by shining the light of Truth upon it, not bullets and bombs. Islam will only be defeated with the Gospels as proclaimed by the Church, and not by the preposterous noise that various fundamentalist and neo-con inspired organizations generate.

Revealing is a Kissinger book on foreign policy that does not religion. Religion, as a social reality does not exist in the secular mind set of the former Christian countries (be they once former Catholic France, or once non-sectarian protestant USA). Hence, the perplexity and utter shock when the violent counter-attack began in Iraq. Likewise the gross ineptitude in Afghanistan... (or for that matter, the grotesque carpet bombing of Orthodox churches by NATO).

Let us consider: Christians circa 1930 in Iraq: 20%; 1991: 10%; post Saddam Hussain:< 3%.

Anonymous said...

How long do all of you think it will be before the ax falls on this priest from the Vatican?

Fratellino said...

"Isn't Bp. Cordileone the one in charge there?"

Bishop Cordileone is in Oakland, not Sacramento.

Brian said...

Hieronymus said:

I think most on this board would readily admit that JPII was a liberal and is one of the chief reasons we are still dealing with these asinine interfaith gatherings.

Do most on this board believe that the views of Pope Benedict XVI differ significantly from those of Pope John Paul II?

Alvin said...

Disgusting, absolutely disgusting..

Anonymous said...

Brian

No.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

Brian,

Yes

Anonymous said...

Some have commented that we shouldn't pay any attention to this even because it happened *only* at the Cathedral steps. After all, no one accuses the Church of being pro-abortion when pro-abortion rallies occur in front of Catholic churches!

The difference here is that THE RECTOR of the Cathedral took ACTIVE PART in this ceremony!

LeonG said...

"How long do all of you think it will be before the ax falls on this priest from the Vatican?"

Certainly not under this papacy which supports and propagates all forms of syncretic ecumenical and inter-religious interaction - recently in UK at Westminster Hall the current pontiff held an iunterfaith service in which there was a female anglican priest.

Gideon Ertner said...

"recently in UK at Westminster Hall the current pontiff held an iunterfaith service in which there was a female anglican priest."

That was in Westminster Abbey, and the Pope didn't "hold" that event but was merely invited to an Anglican evensong - much as Dr. Williams and the local Orthodox Bishops were invited to the Pope's Mass at Westminster Cathedral. It was a courtesy visit, albeit one that may have sent mixed messages.

Anonymous said...

Brian,
I think BXV1 views are much the same as JP2.

LeonG said...

Yes I meant Abbey - his presence changes nothing else. It looked interfaith was meant to convey that message.

Paul Haley said...

What price ecumenism? To give up, ostensibly, what thou dost believe as in the case of female priests at the altar and the primacy of Peter as Vicar of Christ and Head of the Universal Church. Is there any doubt that the heretics and schismatics will make use of such occasions to further their agendas? Not in my mind.