45 years ago today……….
Israel Shamir has some interesting observations about President Putin’s state visit to the Vatican on 4th July.
“As long as Moscow had been Red and atheist, the Church had no choice but to stick with Washington. Now it makes no sense” ……… read more
In his recent interview with the Financial Times, President Vladimir Putin condemned the attack of Liberalism on the Catholic Church and the attempt to replace Christianity with Liberal ‘values’.
“Sometimes, I have the feeling that these liberal circles are beginning to use certain elements and problems of the Catholic Church as a tool to destroy the Church itself. This is what I consider wrong and dangerous.”
He went on to say that “traditional values are more stable and more important to millions of people than this liberal idea.”
872 Catholic churches were desecrated in France during 2017. In comparison vandalism against 72 mosques and 28 synagogues was reported.
Between 3rd and 11th February this year, “nine Catholic churches were subject to severe vandalism, ranging from the smashing of statues and stained-glass windows to the overturning of tabernacles. One church in Yvelines, the church of Saint-Nicolas de Houilles, was vandalised three times in seven days.”
The Catholic Herald further reports that “Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of desecration of religious items.”
But throughout Europe attacks against churches and against Christians are not normally recorded as “hate crimes”.