Has the Pope embraced Islam? Some would say he has. 

Otherwise, what is the point of the latest Papal Encyclical, if newsmedia reports are to be believed, asking Parish Priests to be more accepting of Divorce and Remarriage?

Islam has been saying this for over 1400 years. And it took Catholic Church all this time to catch up? 

My response? 

Hallelujah! Better late than never.

Celibacy -- the Church Ideal for good people -- is not a natural human state: not for male priests, not female nuns. It never was. It simply does not make any sense.

However, the Church imposed that unnatural state on its flock and the results are obvious for all to see.

Matrimony is a basic human need. The Church woke up to it late. But Islam has been knocking at the door for the longest time.

 The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, saying: 

An-Nikaah Min Sunnatee. 

Meaning:

"Marriage is the way to go!"

But the best marriages sometimes don't work. What are we supposed to do?

The Church said: What God has put together, let no one rend asunder. 

Meaning: Absolutely, positively, no divorce

That has been the position of the Catholic Church all these long and painful and traumatic centuries. Just ask the divorced Catholics what pain and trauma many of them have endured.

But Islam has again been knocking at the door, saying, hey, look, if there is no way to save your marriage, and if all good-faith efforts to save your marriage have failed, then, consider Divorce as a last-resort option. 

And now the Pope is saying in effect: hey, look, Divorce happens. So, let us all learn to live with it and let us all treat each other with the compassion and understanding that we all need.

Has the Pope then embraced Islam? The Pope knows.

And Allah does.

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Contents:

  1. Boundaries Define Things and Give Them Character
  2. A Perfect Revolution for Basic Human Freedoms
  3. Islam’s Gift of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms
  4. Ability to Speak and Express Oneself: Essence of Human Life on Earth
  5. Islam: A Foundation for Peace on Earth
  6. God’s Boundaries Save Lives
  7. Moderation, Thy Name Is Islam: How Islam Nips Totalitarian Tendencies in the Bud
  8. Islam Is Not Guesswork: It Is Direct Divine Revelation
  9. Islam: A System Rooted in Original Divine Text
  10. Islamic “Reformation”: Colonialism in a New Garb
  11. Protestant Reformation: A Partial Islamization of Christianity
  12. Another Miracle: Islam Is Dynamic and Resilient
  13. A World Made in the Image of Islam
  14. Islam’s Constancy in the Face of Change
  15. World Adopts Islamic Teachings and Practices, But Gives Islam or Muslims No Credit
  16. Recalling the Handwashing Discovery by ASM in Mid-1990s
  17. Islam Is a “Path,” Not a Desert Expanse or a Jungle Bush
  18. Path Means Boundedness and Directionality
  19. King Henry VIII of England Starts a New Religion to Marry a New Wife
  20. There Is No Such Thing as “Halaal” Beer in Islam
  21. Islam Rolls with the Punches and Rises up Strong Every Time
  22. Will Some Muslims Misbehave? Surely They Will!
  23. God Almighty’s Commitment to Protect Islam