European Christians must have more children or face the prospect of the continent becoming Islamised
, a senior Vatican official has said.
Italian Father Piero Gheddo said that the low birth rate among indigenous Europeans combined with an unprecedented wave of Muslim immigrants
with large families could see Europe becoming dominated by Islam in the space of a few generations.
The priest blamed Christians for failing to live up to their own beliefs
and helping to create a “religious vacuum” which was being filled by Islam.
He predicted that Islam would “sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe
“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,” he said.
Five years ago bombings and riots fuelled anxiety that Europe’s Muslims were on the verge of mass radicalisation. Those predictions have not been borne out, The Observer writes.
Polls have found that Muslim communities are profoundly influenced by their countries of residence. French Muslims have absorbed the values of France, and are more secular than their German counterparts, for example.