Friday, October 22, 2010

Fairfields Muslim Chaplian

In ( Heba Youssef ) my few weeks here, I have been able to work with students and faculty, many who had questions about Islam. Despite some of the negative media portrayals surrounding Islam recently, I’ve noticed that people are still genuinely interested in learning about Islam from the proper resources. I have had a great experience here at Fairfield so far. I feel comfortable on campus and have been able to pray in the campus center without any problems at all. Everyone has just been so welcoming, I feel so very blessed. Alhamdulillah (Praise God). To learn more about the Muslim Student Association at Fairfield University, please visit Youssef is available every Wednesday in the lower level of Campus Ministry. She will later move to Bellarmine Hall, next to the Interfaith Prayer Room.
Link (here) to read the full article.
Link (here) to the controversial Muslim Student Union member at another institution with David Horowitz


Anonymous said...

Well, it's great that Muslim youth want to attend Catholic Institutions and that they be welcomed. That way, in the best of cases, they may be less afraid to convert. If not, perhaps the experience will at least help set a precedent for a coexistence characterized by mutual respect for each others' faiths, and the right to exercise it publicly anywhere in the world. Wouldn't that be fantastic?

The video with David Horowitz however raises another grave question. Should a Muslim or anyone be permitted to support a muslim organization designated as terrorist by the US gov in a Catholic School. The answer is of course no.

A third question is whether there are any U.S. universities qualified to call themselves Catholic. If there aren't (and there is a lot of evidence of that) then this is not coexistence between faiths but the gradual, quiet installation of Islam where Catholic colleges and universities used to be.

Anonymous said...

Is there also a Wiccan chaplain at Fairfield?

If not, why not?

Anonymous said...

Wiccans' demographics may not overlap much with those of FU.

Just a hunch.

Viator Catholicus said...

St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Contra Gentiles, bk. 1, ch. 6.4:
"[I]n the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men.As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning, Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms.Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly."

Anonymous said...

In my first comment I inadvertently failed to add that there should no place for a chaplain of any other religion in a Catholic College. He/She should be able to be part of a Catholic College only as a student and required to take all required Catholic theology courses plus Catechism. That way he/she will be able to make the most of the experience and relate to Catholics fruitfully. It also insures that only those of other religions who are genuinely interested in Catholicism will attend.

Anon - October 22, 2010 1:36 PM

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Anonymous said...

I can assure you that the students at Fairfield already worship Bacchus quite frequently.

Anonymous said...

Vatican censored speech at Middle East Synod.