"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Catholic Church forgives Bible desecration in Lahore, Pakistan

Muslims rallying against Qur'an
burning in Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN (CathNews India) - Church leaders are urging Christians to remain calm after a Muslim tore up a Bible at Lahore Cathedral in retaliation against the burning of a Qur’an by an American pastor.

“Promise me you won’t riot …. Promise you won’t fight. It is another trial for Christianity in Pakistan. Be patient in suffering and follow the passion of Christ,” pleaded Lahore archdiocesan vicar general Father Andrew Nisari during Sunday Mass at Lahore’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Christians voiced outrage after Mohammad Akhtar, a Muslim factory worker, tore up a copy of the Bible at the gates of the cathedral on April 8.

Police have charged Akhtar, 30, with blasphemy for “outraging religious feelings.”

Church authorities say they have forgiven Akhtar, who is still in jail.

“The state will deal with the criminal. Pursing the matter will invite more trouble. However we are deeply concerned with growing anti-Christian sentiments,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore.

According to the cathedral guards, Akhtar tried entering the Daughters of St. Paul bookshop located on Church premises twice that morning.

“He again appeared during the Stations of the Cross service; took out a book from a plastic bag, tore its pages and threw them in the air shouting he has avenged the Qur’an burning,” said Khalid Perwaiz, one of the four cathedral guards.

He said he would have snatched it if he had known it was a Bible.

Several Christian youths helped the guards apprehend Akhtar and hand him over to police. That same evening, several Christian politicians visited the bishops to organize a protest.

The burning of a Qur’an after a mock trial three weeks ago by a Christian sect in Florida sparked outrage among Muslims. Reports in Pakistan say three churches have been attacked since the Qur’an burning. In neighboring Afghanistan, 24 people, including seven foreign UN workers were killed by protesters.

Source: UCANews

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