The jihadist execution of Fr. Jacques Hamel, an elderly French Catholic priest in Rouen, France—whose parish had donated land to the Muslim community there so they could build a mosque—got me thinking about religion. Usually when I write about it, I cover Islam in the context of the demographic invasion of Europe from the global south. And I’ve already written on Islamic terror in France twice, after the November 2015 Paris attacks and the road war in Nice. Then came a week of low-intensity ethnic conflict in Bavaria, which was last year’s major point of entry for Afro-Islamic folkwanderers into Germany.
What seems remarkable in this ethno-religious conflict is that one side is neither ethnically conscious nor particularly religious. A mostly secularized, deracinated Europe is caught in a protracted war with a biologically and theologically alien people from the south. But after every one of these Islamic terror attacks, the “religious leaders” of the affected country and area—of the Roman Catholic Church especially, of the local foreign-funded mosques, or in the case of Rouen even Buddhists in addition to the usual Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish spokesmen—are trotted out to say some ecumenical boilerplate about unity and peace and anti-violence.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be dragged into the politics of Daesh [Islamic State], which wants to set the children of the same family against each other,” said the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, reflecting the bizarre postmodern and historically-illiterate idea that because Christianity and Islam are offshoots of Hebrew monotheism they should coexist in a state of amicable familiarity. As far as I know, in practice this only works with limited success in Egypt and Lebanon, where the Christian and Muslim populations have lived among each other since the medieval era and are not very linguistically, culturally, ethnically, or racially distinct from one another. I cannot emphasize enough that the success is limited as both countries have substantial anti-Christian discrimination, powerful Islamist political groups, and clear majority-minority splits that give Muslims the upper-hand demographically. Furthermore, emigration out of both countries is and has been disproportionately Christian, which indicates that for many being a migrant in a Western country is preferable to being a dhimmi in a Muslim one.
Let’s go back to Europe, particularly France, which has become the epicenter of the new wars of Islamic expansion. In the 19th century, it was among the first countries in Europe to formally excise religion from the government. Yet France has approximately 45,000 churches and chapels for a population the CIA World Factbook estimates to be 63% Christian, overwhelmingly Catholic. Despite the impressive numbers, many of these once populous houses of worship are as desolate as Roman ruins. According to the Eurobarometer Poll 2010, 27% of French citizens responded that “they believe there is a God,” 27% said “they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force,” and 40% answered that “they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force.” It is probably safe to assume half the 27% were Muslims, who make up at least 10% of France. The French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) 2009 study found that 15% of the French population regularly attended Catholic mass and less than 5% did so weekly. A 2011 IFOP study found that 75% of the North African and Sub-Saharan population in France identified as Muslim “believers” and and 41% as “practitioners.” Muslims in France are more religious than Catholics. These people also make up a third of all births in France.
The numbers on religion in France make the killing of a Catholic priest in a Catholic Church all the more striking. France is officially and in practice a very secular country, which in practice makes it anti-Christian and pro-Muslim (and pro-Jewish). But as I said before, after any Islamist attack, the state and media gather responses from a gallery of religious leaders in the country, despite the claims of secularism. You’d think that this time, since a Muslim killed a Catholic priest, they might have had something exceptional to say, beyond the usual denouncing of violence and calls for unity, which the attack is held to have threatened rather than highlighted the absence of. Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, did in fact have some incredulous comments following the martyrdom of one of his priests by Muslim colonists:
“This holy priest, who died just at the moment that he offered the prayer for the whole church, is one [victim]. But how many Christians, how many innocents, how many children [in Nigeria]? We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world is at war because it has lost peace. When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests, money, resources, not religion. All religions want peace, it’s the others who want war.”
Colonists in France kill a French Catholic priest and the pope responds with third-worldist and marxist-materialist gibberish, peppered with a delusionary reading of the world-historical force that is religion. This man is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, I repeat, the head of the Roman Catholic Church! His response is that people are also dying in Nigeria—no mention of Islam in that case either of course. He also references the cherished trope that “Islam is a religion of peace,” which has never been true, and tautologically vomits that we are at war because we are not at peace.
The pope, who is visiting Poland this week, also spoke out against Poland’s xenoskeptic attitude towards migrants and refugees, whose presence there would make Poland less Catholic as a country and less safe. How the pope can tell Poland to do what Germany did after last week, after last year, is beyond me. I don’t think we’ve ever had a pope tell countries that their national policy should be to make themselves less Catholic each year for the sake of warm fuzzy feelings.
What is this? Does anyone believe this man other than the non-faithful? What religion does he represent? What on earth is this man in charge of that he responds to the unprecedented murder of one of his clergymen by foreign religious agents by saying the same thing a Maghrebi imam in France giving lip service to the marxist government would say? Surely not a Christian congregation. This entity which calls itself the Roman Catholic Church, is neither Roman, nor Catholic, nor a church. This is an NGO that works with the UN to promote interfaith dialogue, speak on behalf of international migrants and displaced persons, and works to improve the public relations of Islam (and Judaism).
At least, that’s what it looks like to someone who has little emotional investment in Christianity.
Whatever this thing is that calls itself the Roman Catholic Church and is aligned with globalist cosmopolitan elites against European nations, it is not an institution of the folk, of the people. And surely, practicing Catholics who believe in the defense of their faith against the Muslim invader, as generations of their ancestors did, must realize how illegitimate the Church has become as an institution since Vatican II (if not earlier!).
So what is legitimate Roman Catholicism or Christianity in general at this point? It isn’t something practiced by those in power, or by the clergy, or by the heads of the faith, or sponsored by the state, or encouraged by media and popular culture, or given any sort of preeminent position. There is some other creed in its place, being enforced from the top-down from what its own champions consider the centers of civilized life, while those outside of it are ignorant and bigoted rustics who have obsolete attitudes and beliefs about both domestic and cosmic order in their lives and that of the country.
Trad Catholics, Sedevacantists, Deus Vult Christians, etc. are the new pagans. You heard me. You’re an embarrassment to the state and society, a security concern, and an obstruction to the implementation of a new order. You are a minority. It is assumed you will cease to exist over time, though if need be you can be purged. Perhaps by force.
It is obvious that the future of authentic European Christianity is tied to nationalism, which ironically will mean working together with atheists and actual neo-pagans. I think for many this is no longer a real issue of contention. But for religious people still unsure about whether they want to believe in a universal church, or an ethnic one, they need to take a good hard look at what the universal church believes and how callously it will discard the local in the name of the global. Pope Francis will continue to advocate for the Afro-Islamic colonization of Europe, which both reduces the Christian share of the European population through migration and birth, and indigenous conversions to Islam, which outnumber conversions to Christianity.
In a few decades there will not be a single major Western city with a White majority. We will all be pagans.