The cardinal said the best response was to fortify the Christian foundation of our societies
Cardinal Raymond Burke has said there is “no question that Islam wants to govern the world”, and that Western societies should return to their Christian roots.
Speaking to David Gibson of Religion News Service, Cardinal Burke, the patron of the Order of Malta, said Muslims were “lovely people” who themselves talked about religion “in a very peaceful manner”.
But he said too few people understood the tradition of Islamic thought on government: that, when Muslims became a majority population, “they have the religious obligation to govern that country. If that’s what the citizens of a nation want, well, then, they should just allow this to go on. But if that’s not what they want, then they have to find a way to deal with it.”
Cardinal Burke said that, for anyone “not at peace with the idea of being under an Islamic government”, it was reasonable to be “afraid” of such a prospect.
The cardinal was speaking ahead of the publication of a new book, Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ (1). Like books by Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, and God or Nothing by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the book takes the form of an extended interview. The interviewer is Guillaume d’Alançon, a writer who also works for a French diocese.
In the book, Cardinal Burke says: “Islam is a religion that, according to its own interpretation, must also become the State. The Koran, and the authentic interpretations of it given by various experts in Koranic law, is destined to govern the world.
“In reality, there is no place for other religions, even though they may be tolerated, as long as Islam has not succeeded in establishing its sovereignty over the nations and over the world.”
The cardinal says that Islam and Christianity are radically different. In the interview with Gibson, he says that Church leaders are mistaken if they “simply think that Islam is a religion like the Catholic faith or the Jewish faith”, rather than recognising its ambitions to govern.
(1) About the book:
In a thorough and hard-hitting discussion, Cardinal Raymond Burke frankly offers his thoughts and insights on the pressing issues of our times: the role of the Catholic Church in the modern world, the liturgy, spiritual renewal, marriage and family, respect for human life, and more. His deep love for Christ is evident as he recounts his own upbringing in a devout Catholic family, his early priestly years, and his service as a bishop in the United States and Rome.
Every topic is approached from the perspective of deep faith and sound reasoning, without polemics. Cardinal Burke, a great canonist with long pastoral experience, treats difficult subjects with clarity and directness. His lucid and straightforward answers help with understanding the essential moral and spiritual challenges of today. They uncover the foundational truths of the natural law, which is written on our hearts.
"Want to know the real Cardinal Burke? Here he is in full, a good priest and an accomplished churchman, in love with the Lord Jesus and passionate about the Lord's flock."
— George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center
"This is classic Cardinal Burke: conceptual clarity, courageous and direct expression of the truth, and comprehensive treatment of everything he addresses."
— Robert Royal, Author, A Deeper Vision
"Cardinal Burke reveals his own story, and along the way, he candidly answers challenging questions with clarity and precision. Throughout he is as inspiring as he is fearless."
— Raymond Arroyo, EWTN News Anchor, The World Over
"Cardinal Burke provides a therapeutic analysis of the crisis affecting the Church since Vatican II, and he radiates the perennial hope that is the wellspring of evangelization."
— Fr. George Rutler, Author, He Spoke to Us
"The bedrock solidity of Cardinal Burke's faith shines radiantly in this interview."
— Fr. Donald Haggerty, Author, Contemplative Hunger