The Thinking 

A Catholic Church in Syracuse Becomes a Mosque

March 31, 2014



Holy Trinity Catholic Church

CAROLINE writes:

Keep on contracepting, Catholics! Ugh! Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Syracuse is about to become a mosque. Particularly annoying is the tone of this article, as if having Moslems buy a church–once consecrated ground–is the same as exchanging beef for chicken or deciding to buy a blue shirt instead of a red one. We are turning into Europe at a breathtaking speed. It is all so unbearable at times.

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Roger writes:

I read the article you linked to and noticed two things.

1.  It wil be named  ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam) Think that’s a slap in face? That’s how I take it.

2. This line: “As we first reported on Monday, the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold…” made me laugh. What are the odds these immigrant programs were building the congregation that is now taking over their church!

I’m not a Catholic, but I try to be charitable towards the Roman Church in the spirit of Christian unity, but they make it so hard! It seems they support everything that is bad for Christianity and their Church!

Laura writes:

Yes, the name is clever marketing.

What are the odds these immigrant programs were building the congregation that is now taking over their church!

Catholics are forbidden by papal teaching to violate civil laws except in cases of gross violations of morality. So to the extent that you are encountering immigration programs that counsel illegal acts and the territorial dispossession of a people, you are not encountering the Catholic Church. From the very beginning, the Church has been threatened from within by those who sought to destroy and pervert its truths. Today, of course, the threat is on a whole new level.

There is no Christian unity outside the one true Church, established by Christ.

B.E. writes:

It always saddens me to see a deconsecrated church, regardless of denomination. It fills me with a sense of loss, makes me think about the love and devotion that former generations put into those edifices. It also drives home how much we need these spiritual oases in our fallen lives―even more so now that we, as a people, have turned from God. A cyclone fence-swathed church building confirms the anti- Christian prejudice held by so many moderns, telling them that indeed, religion is part of the unenlightened past, and that they, who do not cling to their Bibles, have moved on to something better.

There are better and worse fates for former church buildings, but can there be any worse a fate than to be perverted into a mosque? Although most people cannot see it, the act of transmogrifying churches into mosques is an act of Islamic aggression, part of their unending war against Dar al Harb: the House of War (i.e., the non-Islamic world). It sickens me to see us in our continued stupor, unable to recognize this enemy, unable to even conceive that there could be an enemy―other than “conservatives,” of course.

It is at times like this that I think of Matthew 17:17, amongst other verses, in which we are castigated as “faithless and perverse” (depending on translation; “unbelieving,” “twisted,” and “corrupt” are other options).

Yet I also think of the last part of Romans 8, the beauty and power of which can bring tears to my eyes:

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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