Already on the blogosphere there are calls for the canonization of Father Hamel, the French priest murdered by Islamic terrorists while saying Mass in his parish church. Of course I understand that he was murdered by Islamic terrorists because they despise the Faith and that is a factor in the canonization process. I don't believe that's an overriding factor and there may be other facts to consider.
From an account of a prayer service to honor Father Hamel comes the unsettling news that his church contributed land to local Muslims so that they could build a mosque. The local mosque leader is mourning the priest who, in his words, "helped us to pray to allah". Ponder that.
The first of the Ten Commandment is "I am the Lord your God. You shall have no false gods before Me." Yet this parish, quite probably with the connivance of Father Hamel, gave material and formal cooperation to the act of idolatry. What else is "helping to pray to allah" if not formal and material cooperation with that mortal sin?
Some might think I'm judging Father Hamel. However, isn't the rush to canonize him prematurely its own form of rash judgment? I think there are two "takeaways".
First, let us continue to pray for his repose and cease the presumption of instant admittance to heaven. We just don't know. Why deny him the prayers and sacrifices needed to mitigate any possible purgatory?
Second, the western civilization simply must stop coddling these terrorists, as that French church did. Sadly but predictably, we heard bleating from the Pope, who "challenged" Poland to lay aside its well-founded concerns about opening their borders to potential terrorists. Closer to home we heard Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville Texas likening deportation of illegal immigrants to abortion. For him to claim that deportation of illegals, which is a moral action, is equivalent to an inherently immoral action shows a complete ignorance of Church moral teaching. The coddling of these terrorists by Church hierarchy is nothing more than someone kissing the hand that stabs them in the back. I regret that Father Hamel learned that the hard way. Must more good people die before we wake up?
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