Christians told have more children or be 'Islamised'
Published 08/09/2010 | 05:00
European Christians must have more children or face the prospect of the Continent becoming Islamised, a senior Vatican official has said.
Father Piero Gheddo, an Italian, said the low birth rate among indigenous Europeans combined with an unprece- dented wave of Muslim immigrants with large families could see Europe becoming dominated by Islam in the space of a few generations.
It was a challenge which must be taken seriously.
Fr Gheddo predicted Islam would "sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe". And he added: "The fact is that, as a people, we are becoming ever more pagan and the religious vacuum is inevitably filled by other proposals and religious forces."
Fr Gheddo warned that when religious practice diminished in Christian Europe and indiff- erence spread, Christianity and the church were attacked. (© Daily Telegraph, London)