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Former Muslims Confront Francis: If Islam Is So Good, Were We Wrong to Convert?

CFN Blog, Matt Gaspers


On Christmas Day 2017, when most of us were likely enjoying festive gatherings with family and friends to celebrate Our Lord’s Nativity, a group of courageous former Muslims published an open letter to Pope Francis in which they pose some very serious questions: “If Islam is a good religion in itself, as you seem to teach, why did we become Catholic? Do not your words question the soundness of the choice we made at the risk of our lives? … Should we return to Islam?”

The letter, originally composed in French and having just 10 signatories on the date of publication, has now garnered over 2,600 signatures from ex-Muslims the world over, with a steady stream of new signers daily. Examples of Francis’ pandering to Islam are cited throughout the text, including “paragraphs 252 and 253 of Evangelii Gaudium,” his lengthy programme “On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World,” and various other public statements.

While Francis inexplicably claims that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence” (EG, para. 253), the signers of the open letter – former Muslims who know the truth about Islam from the inside – testify otherwise:

“As a proper Antichrist, Islam exists only as an enemy of all: ‘Between us and you there is enmity and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah alone!’ (Quran 60:4) For the Quran, Christians ‘are only impurity’ (Quran 9:28), ‘the worst of Creation’ (Quran 98:6), all condemned to Hell (Quran 4:48), so Allah must exterminate them (Quran 9:30). We must not be deceived by the Quranic verses deemed tolerant, because they have all been repealed by the verse of the Sword (Quran 9:5). … We do not confuse Islam with Muslims, but if for you ‘dialogue’ means the voice of peace, for Islam it’s only another way to make war. Also, as it was in the face of Nazism and Communism, naiveté in the face of Islam is suicidal and very dangerous.”

They respectfully resist Francis’ incessant call for Europeans, in particular, to welcome a virtually unlimited number of Muslim migrants into their countries (“suicidal and very dangerous,” indeed), asserting that such a mandate distorts the true sense of the Scriptures:

“…you, Most Holy Father, preach the welcoming of migrants regardless of the fact that they are Muslims, something forbidden by Apostolic command: ‘If anyone comes to you but refuses this Gospel, do not receive him among you nor greet him. Whoever greets him participates in his evil works’ (2 John 1:10-11) …

The meaning of Scripture should not be supplied by the proponents of globalism, but in fidelity to Tradition.”

Towards the end of their appeal, these noble souls beseech the Holy Father “to quickly convene a synod on the dangers of Islam,” stating, “If the Church had the courage to do that, we do not doubt that millions, Muslims as well as other men and women seeking the true God, would convert.” And in closing, they simply ask him “to confirm our conversion to Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the only Savior, with a frank and right discourse on Islam …”

Further in-depth analysis of this historic letter will be published in the forthcoming February 2018 edition of Catholic Family News (subscribe here).

Conversion, Islam, The End Of Islam, Christianity, Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

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Matt Gaspers

Matt Gaspers is the editor of Catholic Family News. He succeeded John Vennari (1958-2017), longtime editor of CFN and stalwart defender of the Faith, at Mr. Vennari’s request. His study and writing interests include theology, Church history, Fatima, Islam, and the spiritual life. He and his wife, together with their children, reside in Colorado.


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3 thoughts on “Former Muslims Confront Francis:

  1. Helen Sautner says:

    This past September, I addressed a rather controversial yet timely topic at Our Lady’s Army of Advocates Conference, namely, “The End of Islam: Russia’s Future Role” (in many ways, a continuation of my July 2016 talk, “Fatima, Islam, and Our Lady’s Coming Triumph,” available here). A transcript of “The End of Islam”, complete with source references, was subsequently published in two parts in the print edition of Catholic Family News.

    Much to my surprise, I received a request for an interview shortly after its publication from one of our subscribers, a gentleman named Cliff Kincaid, who also happens to be the president of America’s Survival, Inc. Mr. Kincaid explained that the contents of my lecture grabbed his attention due to the striking agreement of my work with his decades-long research into Communism and Islam. Moreover, he found some much needed hope in the face of what appears to be the unstoppable rise of Islam in modern times. Thus, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12), Cliff

    and I discussed “The End of Islam” in light of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s Fatima apparitions:


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