The Telegraph had an article the other day that is worth reading.
A leading Catholic cardinal has said Europeans only have themselves to blame for allowing Islam to "conquer" the continent.
Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the Archbishop of Prague, said Muslims were well placed to fill the spiritual void "created as Europeans systematically empty the Christian content of their lives".
"Europe will pay dear for having left its spiritual foundations and that this is the last period that will not continue for decades when it may still have a chance to do something about it," he said.
"The Muslims definitely have many reasons to be heading here. They also have a religious one – to bring the spiritual values of faith in God to the pagan environment of Europe, to its atheistic style of life.
"Unless the Christians wake up, life may be Islamised and Christianity will not have the strength to imprint its character on the life of people, not to say society."
The 77-year-old cardinal made his remarks in an interview to mark his retirement after spending 19 years as the leader of the Czech Church.
He said he did not blame Muslims for the crisis as Europeans had brought it upon themselves by exchanging their Christian culture for an aggressive secularism that embraced atheism. (You may read the rest here.)
The subject it covers is related to the book Without Roots by Pope Benedict XVI and Marcello Pera, which I reviewed for Touchstone in 2007.
Our work is cut out for us
The crisis facing Europe today should be a matter of grave concern for all of us, including those of us in America and other continents. The spiritual void itself is a crisis, and the danger of Islamisation adds to it greatly, inasmuch as nothing else in history has proved to be as deadly. Christians have accepted the world's values in many ways, by having fewer children, by neglect of teaching the children we do have, and in general by allowing religious belief to diminish and with that, moral conviction.
The Continuing Anglican churches need to embrace this matter in a special way. In various places our churches fit the caricature of too much clergy and too few laity, all of whom are very advanced in years. The point of our origin at St. Louis in 1977 was not to maintain the religion we like until we die, but to Continue building the Church according to our Anglican heritage (and, frankly, the retro nature of our worship is no hindrance in attracting younger members, at least not to those who know how to use it positively). I remain hopeful, just as I was at the beginning of January when I posted an essay for the new year.
The solution for what ails not only Europe, but western civilization in general, is provided by the Holy Spirit in what He has placed within the Church. Cardinal Miloslav used the right words: "Today, when the fighting is done with spiritual weapons which Europe lacks while Muslims are perfectly armed, the fall of Europe is looming." Weapons, that may be called spiritual (remembering that angels and the Devil himself are spirits) can be good or evil, and used for good or evil. As nature abhors a vacuum, the lack of spiritual ideals which include a faith worth dying for, must be filled. Against a kind of Christianity that has been made to appear weak and accommodating to the times, the radical call of Islam attracts converts who have never seen the commitment of sincere Christians. But, our spiritual weapons are more than mere attempts at persuasion, inasmuch as our prayers reach the throne of God through His Son; and that is where our use of powerful weapons of spiritual warfare must always begin. With Lent approaching, though still some weeks away, we do well to recall the words, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." (Matthew 17:21) And these words:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (II Corinthians 10:3-5)