His Bishop made him apologize for remarks that the Catholic hierarchy says are not “reflective of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Islam.”
From KMSP Fox 9:
(Be sure to watch the video too! H/T Jacqueline)
Lonsdale priest apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks made during homily
LONSDALE, Minn. (FOX 9) – A Minnesota priest has apologized for comments he made about the Muslim faith during a service in Lonsdale.
Wednesday it was calm and quiet outside of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale, but what happened inside the doors during a recent Sunday homily has some people incredibly upset.
Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota, spoke out after audio of that Sunday sermon was shared on a blog and picked up steam online.
The priest’s comments about Muslims were the focal point.
“More specifically, we should not allow large numbers of Muslims asylum or immigration into our country,” said Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke in the recording.
“Islam is the greatest threat in the world to both Christianity and to America.”
“Of course, there are peaceful Muslims, absolutely,” he added. “But the religion as a religion and as an ideology and worldview, it is contrary to Christ and America.”
Others see those words as a big step back in building interfaith relationships.
“I think there are real consequences to these types of behavior and I hope someone who listened to that does not become more radicalized where they see Muslims as a threat and they become a threat to Muslims,” said Hussein.
Then here Fox 9 published the remarks for which Father VanDenBroeke apologized. I’m posting this so they don’t disappear. Heck if there was a priest like this near me, I might rush back to the church!
Both as Americans and Christians we do not need to pretend that everyone who seeks entry into America should be treated the same. I believe it’s essential to consider the religion and world view of immigrants or refugees more specifically we should not allow large numbers of Muslims asylum or immigration into our country.
Islam is the greatest threat in the world both to Christianity and to America – of course there are peaceful Muslims, absolutely, but the religion as a religion and as an ideology and world view it is contrary to Christ and America.
I am not saying we hate Muslims, I am absolutely not saying that, they are people created out of love by God just as each one of us is. But while we certainly don’t hate them as people we must oppose their religion and world view.
And if we want to protect our great country, not only as a Christian nation but also as the land of the free then we must oppose the immigration of Muslims, that’s an example of keeping bad ideas out of the country that we have the right to do as a sovereign nation.
I’m not a hater for saying this I’m not saying something anti-Christian because the religion is anti-Christian.
I’m simply a realist to acknowledge that fact, they are the greatest threat to Christianity and America and we need to recognize that fact and our laws of immigration need to reflect that.
Astounding, simply astounding! Maybe the President should invite him to the White House or the State of the Union!
Don’t miss the ‘Church Militants‘ report on the issue.