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Christian Order is a British international monthly devoted to the defence and propagation of the One True Faith - Catholic, Apostolic and Roman - through incisive comment on current affairs in Church and State; at home and abroad.

February Editorial  SOLA KORANICA: 1

"Division" is the irresolvable essence of every creed of sola scriptura stripe (i.e., every religion except Catholicism). Eschewing the authoritative teaching Christ vested in His Catholic Magisterium, Luther's DIY religion unleashed myriad Protestant sects. Arrogating to themselves the power of the sword, they tore to shreds over a thousand years of Christian social order, patiently erected on the firm foundation of Magisterial authority. And yet, in the long term, the teachings of Christ had their mollifying effect on Luther's progeny. Self-exploding, head-severing Protestant jihadis are hard to find. Without the sublime example, teaching, and authority of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, however, non-Christian religions are liable to suffer the dire effects of private interpretation to a heightened degree; with totalising ramifications. Islam is merely a prime example of that brutal trajectory.


The triune God of Catholic belief cannot in any way be identified with the god of Islam, or Judaism for that matter. In his lecture entitled "The Inner Life of God", which he gave in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris in the 19th century, the great Dominican preacher, Father Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, set out to prove that God is not a solitary being eternally employed in a sterile contemplation of Himself. He says that Catholic doctrine teaches us that the divine life consists in the co-eternal union of three equal persons, in whom plurality destroys solitude, and unity division; whose thought corresponds, whose love is mutual, and who, in that marvellous communion, identical in substance, distinct in personality, form together an ineffable association of light and love. "There are three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word, the Holy Ghost. And these three are one." (1 Jn 7)

February Bonus Feature  THE GOOD SEED AND THE COCKLE

Lent approaches. Let us live it in close union with Jesus, the true Son of God. And let us pray to Our Father in Heaven to give us fully His Spirit of fortitude and love so that He protect us from all intellectual and emotional dhimmitude. A badly led interreligious dialogue can become dust in the eyes and serve "the invasion of Islam." Let us insistently ask the Lord for competent ministers, of which the Church has the greatest need: persons of courage and culture gifted with a solid mental structure and enlightened judgement. In prayer and fasting let us obtain from the Lord all the strengthening graces needed by our brother Christians in the East. They often pay with their lives for their fidelity to their faith in God, "Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Heavenly Father, we ask Thy blessing on our efforts. Show us the way to spread the Truth of the Catholic faith in the midst of error and infidelity. Fill our hearts with authentic love for our priests, bishops, pope and all the clergy, a love that moves us to unceasing prayer for their souls and to constant exhortation to faithfully fulfill their sacred task of preaching the whole truth of the Catholic faith without compromise. Grant us wisdom in our deliberations, courage in exposing error and corruption, and humility and charity in all the things we do. Bless our Holy Father with the wisdom and holiness to discern and carry out Thy Will, and the loyalty and fidelity of bishops, priests and all Religious in helping him carry out this task. May Thy will be done in all things.

We ask this through the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary.