In the News: Disappearance of churches and official inauguration of a mosque

Source: FSSPX News

In Germany, de-Christianization is coming about through architecture, according to the Catholic news website quoted by the Italian newsletter European Correspondence dated August 31, 2012.  We are told that there is no longer room for churches in the new districts of German cities. They are no longer planned for or designed, as if they had been excluded from the cities. An article by journalist Dankwart Guratzsch, in Die Welt, gives concrete examples: in Stuttgart, a district with 12,000 inhabitants was built without a church; in Hamburg, a new locale of 12,000 people is also without a church; moreover 19 churches were closed, probably because they were an obstacle to the realization of the new plan for urban development. Suddenly, churches have disappeared under the pretext that there was no demand for them.

However, because certain inhabitants complained nonetheless, a solution was found to appease them: set up a rough little chapel with some thirty chairs on the ground floor of a gray building where there is nothing but offices. In fact, you can’t tell yourself that this was a simple case of carelessness; it is obvious that everything was carefully arranged with the purpose of removing all visible signs of the Faith. And this is done methodically, harshly, and mercilessly, comments the news agency Correspondance Européenne.

“To build a church means to build a community,” writes Dankwart Guratzsch, “whenever the faithful are deprived of a visible testimony, public recognition of their values weakens and loses its efficacy, even in their own view.” This journalist recalls the era of the GDR [German Democratic Republic], communist Germany, when the same thing happened: churches were demolished in order to demean, oppose, and isolate religion and inculcate atheism. With one significant difference: then it was ideology that governed, the power was entirely in the hands of the persecutors of Christians. But today, why are there no dissenting voices? Where are the voices of the faithful, where are the voices of our pastors, so often sensitive to many other questions but not, apparently, when dealing with the House of God—Correspondance Européenne wonders about this silence, and in the same issue supplies some information which offers some answers.

In France, on August 14, 2010, the Algerian minister of worship, Bouabdallah Ghlamallah, had come to inaugurate the new mosque in Torcy, Bourgogne. This was an official appearance that shows the growing importance of the Algerian community in this commune of France.

Bouabdallah Ghlamallah, was accompanied by Abdelkader Kacimi El Hassani, the consul general from Lyon, and by Abdallah Zekri, the president of the Southwest regional Federation of the Great Mosque of Paris, was welcomed by the socialist mayor of Torcy, Roland Fuchet.

The presence of this Algerian minister in France was particularly shocking since this is the same Bouabdallah Ghlamallah who, the year before, had had 10 churches in Algeria closed and justified himself in the newspaper L’Expression, saying: “I equate evangelization with terrorism.”—And Correspondance Européenne concludes: “‘Reciprocity’ and ‘tolerance’ do not yet seem to be of current interest”. (Source: Correspondance Européenne—DICI #260 dated September 14, 2012)