Catholic Shari’a Compliance - Brother Rice High School

By WILLIAM MAYER

December 16, 2015 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – There is a good deal of prologue required to properly frame the following piece so please bear with us as we provide some context.

As the Muslim world has become ever more fundamentalist in nature and consequently more violent, not even the United States - after a period seeming quiescence - is being spared from the tendrils of a renewed and less centrally directed jihad. The motive force behind the resurgence has been the success of ISIS [primarily in Iraq, Syria and Libya] over the past year and its Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist/Wahhabist based ideology which calls for the establishment of a global Islamic theocracy, an imperial caliphate.

Despite technically having been engaged in hostilities with Islamic jihadism since bin-Laden’s 1996 & 1998 fatwas against the “Crusaders,” the United States has failed, through three successive administrations to come to terms with the concept of holy warfare waged against infidels and non-rightly-guided Muslims.

Through a series of increasingly brazen attacks – bombings of American Embassies in Africa, an amphibious assault against the U.S.S. Cole, the September 11 Twin Towers attacks, the jihad of Major Nidal Hasan, the Boston Bombing, the UC Merced “lone” wolf Muslim stabber and finally the San Bernardino massacre of 11/13 – the American government edifice still refuses to admit that it is in a state of war against a force which extends directly from the normative practice of Islam, founded in the Shari’a and its sacralized texts, the Qur’an and Hadith.

From bin-Laden’s 1998 fatwa:

“It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies.”

Despite Islam’s genocidal campaign against the Christian people, the Catholic Church, far from speaking out against the barbarism of Muslim fanatics, instead embraces them in an attempt to find “common ground” through the breaking of bread, largely with America’s Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as CAIR and ISNA.

This isn’t a one-off, its official Church policy about which we have extensively written over the years.

Unfortunately it’s not simply the media which is infected with this auto-immune disease [i.e., the desire to sup with one’s mortal enemies]. It’s rampant in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] and within high visibility Christian teaching institutions such as the Catholic Theological Union [CTU].

This Chicago based university has, for nearly a half-century, “been educating and preparing men and women to serve God’s people throughout the world. Founded in 1968 in the spirit and vision of the Second Vatican Council, CTU has grown to be one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the United States.” [source, CTU]

At CTU’s Bernardin Center, “faith sharing” with Muslims is highly encouraged within a unit called the Catholic Muslim Studies Program.

“The Catholic Muslim Studies Program sponsors study, publication, dialogue, and cultural events in an effort to achieve these goals: To educate members of the church—especially leaders and teachers—so that they can share a genuine appreciation and understanding of Islam with other Christians. To educate men and women whom the Muslim community can respect and trust as worthy dialogue partners and true friends. To facilitate learning about Islam and Muslim peoples by creating contexts in which Muslims can represent themselves to others.” [source, CTU’s Bernardin Center]

This program is run by Dr. Scott Alexander who also serves on the Bernardin Center’s Advisory Board along with “Sayyid Syeed, Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America.”

“Sayyid M. Syeed resumed responsibilities as National Director of ISNA’s Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances, in Washington, DC, from March 2006.” [source, ISNA, Sayyid M. Syeed]

ISNA is an organization which has been linked to the terrorist group HAMAS, a fact which seems lost on the estimable Dr. Alexander.

For further edification we refer the reader to an interview which Patheos conducted with Dr. Alexander, during which he dispensed his standard line of apologetic Marxist tinged, Islamist horse shit:

“Q. We hear a lot about jihad in mass media coverage of Islam. What exactly is jihad?

A. The Qur’anic meaning of this term is the “struggle [to live righteously].” The Qur’an only permits violence insofar as it qualifies as a necessary component of the struggle for righteousness and justice. In fact, I would maintain that this is the underlying logic for why this broad term for “struggle” (which has at its core the struggle to fast, pray, and give alms) becomes synonymous in Islamic jurisprudence with what the Christian tradition refers to as “just war” theory…” [source, Patheos interview with Dr. Scott Alexander] [source, William Mayer, Secular Christian Jihad, PipeLineNews.org]

With this in mind and knowing that Muslims who might have overheard such twaddle would be rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably, we turn to the story – minimally reported - of a nominally Catholic high school, Brother Rice, in Bloomfield, Michigan which has seen fit to create a “sacred space” in which the school’s handful of Muslim students can pray, apparently far removed from the disapproving eyes of the school’s “bigoted” majority.

“Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield, Michigan has received much backlash from parents for creating a non-Christian prayer room within the school to allow Muslims…to pray, with some calling the decision "unconscionable" and one parent stating that the move will "undermine" her child's paid-for religious education. John Birney, president of the Catholic high school…defends the decision, asserting that the school doesn't "discriminate based on race, creed, color."…In response to parents who oppose the prayer room, Birney claims that he respects their opinion, but the school administration would "need to talk to experts in the field before we finalize what we choose to do." [source, Joseph Pelletier, Catholic School Offers ‘Sacred Space’ for Muslim Prayer, Parents Protest , ChurchMilitant.com]

How would this Catholic college-prep religious institution come to believe that its few Muslim students - who are, true to form, angry, demanding and unwilling to live peaceably with Christians who mistakenly welcomed them into their midst – have the right to destroy its evangelical mandate?

Perhaps not so surprising to long-time observers of the Catholic “faith-sharing” odyssey, Brother Rice HS isn’t an outlier, it seems to represent the core principle of Catholic Social Justice theory…Christo-socialism. One of the most problematic tenets of that new age construct holds that talking with representatives of an enemy that has sworn to kill it, solves the problem of subjugation.

Harsh judgment?

We’ll let you decide…

Brother Rice is run by the Edmund Rice founded Congregation of Christian Brothers who place such a high value on secular political activism that theology has been adjusted with an eye towards the secular.

“Stand in Solidarity with Those Marginalized by Poverty and Injustice: Promote policies and structures that reflect a climate of compassion for the poor and disadvantaged, include education and advocacy for peace, justice, global awareness, and care for the Earth, prepare students to work toward the creation of a just society.” [see, The Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education ]

In earlier times, Earth worship would fall under paganism.

From Brother Rice HS syllabus on Theology IV – “In this course, the student’s mind is opened to the social, political and economic injustices which exist in our global community, with the hope of challenging him to begin an ongoing process of con- science education regarding his Christian responsibility to deal with social problems in a positive manner. Social teachings of the Catholic Church will be stressed.”

A perfect confluence it seems.

Exploring the Edmund Rice array of websites we come to the Edmund Rice Global Network, specifically Presence, Compassion, Liberation, Coming to Appreciate Jesus Anew.

On this page are a series of video presentations one of which what can only be described as a bizarre, totally heterodox interpretation of Christianity. Actually in a classical sense the words of the speaker, an Episcopal Bishop, John Selby Spong, are heretical.

“It’s very clear to me that the traditional paradigm no longer works. The old idea of a supernatural God who lives somewhere above the sky, who invades the world with supernatural power to do miracles, who entered into the world through the person of the Virgin Mary to save the world from sin and did so by dying on the cross…Those concepts violate everything that we know about astrophysics, about physics, about space biology about reproduction and all the laws of cause and effect…I find that much religious activity in our day is engaged in trying to resuscitate that religious corpse…If there is no other way to tell the Christ story, then Christianity has no future…” [see, John Selby Spong, Recasting the Christ Story]

Is it any wonder that the administrators of a high school in Bloomfield, Michigan operating under the deviant theology of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers would grant separate worship accommodations to members of an aggressive, religiously framed political ideology of conquest?

But there is more.

Located within a right hand navbar on the “Faith Rising From Rome” web page there are numerous featured outbound links. One must assume that the destination websites reflect the viewpoint of Edmund Rice Global Network organization and hence the founding principles of the Brother Rice HS in question

On the website’s “Gender Equality” page we are treated to a statement made by Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “we need to make equal pay and equal opportunity for women and girls a reality so women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” Aside from an ugly display of partisanship there’s the now proven fact that Hillary’s male campaign workers earn substantially more than do her female employees. [see, Ali Meyer, Hillary’s State Department Paid Men $16,000 a Year More Than Women Annually , Free Beacon]

Another of these links is far more consequential, “ 17 Global Goals 2015 – 2030.”

From the “Decent Work and Economic Growth” section of the Global Goals website we see a list of a dozen “targets” representing, we are led to believe, Christian values, including, “By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization.”

The International Labour Organization is a socialist NGO which was founded by a “prominent French socialist,” Albert Thomas. Following on the heels of the Communist’s Second International, it has been granted official status within the United Nations which has incorporated dozens of its “conventions” which carry the force of international law regarding relationships between “capital and labor.”

The ILO website is, very much like the curriculum at Brother Rice HS, heavy on “social justice,” however it is absent the Christian Brother’s fraudulent religious doilies, it’s straight out collectivism - The International Labour Organization and the quest for social justice, 1919-2009

Indicative of the stature the ILO has within the socialist/Marxist labor movement is a 2009 article from the Communist Party USA’s house organ, The Guardian, CPUSA, extolling ILO Issues Warning On Global Crisis.“

It’s become a truism in American politics that when probing the cause of seemingly intractable social ills one should, “follow the money.” In the case of Brother Rice HS subversively creating a “sacred space” for a handful of Muslim students who frankly do not deserve to be in that institution, flawed as it is, we say, follow the ideology.

What that institution has done is hew to the example set by a now thoroughly twisted Catholicism. Addicted to government largesse, in bed with the enemies of Judaism and Christianity and more concerned with accumulating secular political power than saving souls, what is happening at Brother Rice HS is a microcosm of the process which is sinking Western Civilization.

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