Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Vocation of a Lay Apostle

On Doug Lawrence's webblog Sunni Muslims say Ahmediyyas and Naqshbandis are not Muslims

On Doug Lawrence's Catholic Weblog there is a link, Islam in the sidebar. It links to a Sunni website ( ) which does not accept Ahmediyas as Muslims.(1) It does not accept even the Naqshbandi sect as Muslims.It provides a definition of Islam according to one sect,their own.
Doug Lawrence also has a blog post Concerning Heresies (2).He cites St.John Damascene and the popes but does not quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church (845,846) which has the same understanding  as St.John Damascene.

Ahmediyyas, Muslims for Peace, are jailed under the Blasphemy Law similar to Asia Bibi, in Pakistan, for affirming their religious beliefs.
The religious leader of the Ahmediyyas is see here in the picture  speaking before Islamic calligraphy on the podium. For this action, he could be tried under the Blasphemy Law in some countries under Arab colonial influence.

Doug Lawrence's weblog in the Islam link does not have an article on what the Catholic Church officially teaches about the religion of Mohammad.
It omits any mention of Vatican Council II which indicates Muslims, and other non Catholics, need 'faith and baptism' for salvation. Vatican Council II in Ad Gentes 7 is in agreement with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and the Syllabus of Errors. 
-Lionel Andrades
In his passage on Concerning Heresies, his section on the superstition of the Ishmaelites is considerably longer than most. One reason for this attention could be his prolonged battles against iconoclasm, in which the influence of Islam was a significant factor. The following are selected sections from his passage on Islam.
1. Muhammed devised his own heresy
“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites… From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.”
2. Christ’s shadow was crucified
“He says that there is one God, creator of all things, who has neither been begotten nor has begotten. He says that the Christ is the Word of God and His Spirit, but a creature and a servant, and that He was begotten, without seed, of Mary the sister of Moses and Aaron. For, he says, the Word and God and the Spirit entered into Mary and she brought forth Jesus, who was a prophet and servant of God. And he says that the Jews wanted to crucify Him in violation of the law, and that they seized His shadow and crucified this. But the Christ Himself was not crucified, he says, nor did He die, for God out of His love for Him took Him to Himself into heaven.”


 There can be only one rational interpretation of Vatican Council II. There can be only one rational hermeneutic.
There is only one possibility. There is only one rational option.In only one choice, faith and reason sync.
Ad Gentes 7 says all need to convert into the Church for salvation in the present times (2013).Lumen Gentium 14 has the same message.
LG 16 etc are not exceptions since we cannot see the dead in 2013.This is not a  rational interpretation available for Vatican Council II.
If one says LG 16 is a visible exception to AG 7 and LG 14 then it is saying we can see the dead saved who are now in Heaven. This is not a rational option for an interpretation.
If we could see the dead in Heaven in 2013 then there could be a hermeneutic of rupture. Vatican Council II would be a break with the Syllabus of Errors and the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Then Vatican Council II would be 'ambigous' or with 'extreme tendencies'.
So when Cardinal Kurt Koch says the interpretation of Vatican Council II leads to 'extreme tendencies' he is using an irrational interpretation. He could be hoping that naive traditonalists and sedevacantists settle for less.After all, Vatican Council II can only be traditional.
-Lionel Andrades