Pope John Paul II’s Frightful Vision of a Muslim Europe

By John Zmirak Published on November 28, 2017

Catholics hold that all Revelation needful for salvation ended with the death of St. John the Apostle. The Church can and often does veto false apparitions and fake miracles. It has a long, arduous process for deeming whether the faithful are free to believe in so-called “private revelations,” such as the miracles at Fatima. So we should always approach such claims with caution and discernment.

The Apocalypse of St. John Paul II

That said, check out the recent report from LifeSiteNews. It cites and translates a report from an Italian newspaper, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana:

A close friend of Saint John Paul II has affirmed that the late pope, revealed to have been a mystic, told him that Europe would be invaded by Islam.

Speaking to a large group at the hermitage of “Saints Peter and Paul” this past October, Monsignor Mauro Longhi of the Opus Dei prelature recounted a conversation he had with the late pontiff in March of 1993 on one of their many hiking trips in the mountains. Having got ahead of the rest of their companions, Longhi and St. John Paul took a sandwich break.

In video footage of the October talk, Longhi is heard saying that he noticed that the saint’s hands were trembling. (John Paul’s Parkinson’s disease had not yet been revealed in 1993.) The pope noticed the then-young man’s gaze.

“Dear Mauro, it’s old age,” he explained.

Longhi jumped in to say, “But, no, Holiness, you are young.”

“It’s not true,” the pope snapped back. “I say that I am old because I am old.”

Longhi continued: “Then Wojtyla changed tone, and making me privy to one of his night-time visions, told me:

“‘Tell this to those whom you will meet in the Church of the third millennium. I see the Church afflicted by a deadly scourge. Deeper, more painful and more deadly than those of this millennium’, referring to … communism and Nazi totalitarianism. ‘It’s called islamism. They will invade Europe. I saw the hordes coming from the West to the East’, and he described to me the countries one by one: from Morocco to Libya to Egypt, and so on to the eastern parts. The Holy Father added, ‘They will invade Europe, Europe will be like a cellar, old relics, shadowy, cobwebs. Family heirlooms. You, the Church of the third millennium, will have to contain the invasion. Not with armies, armies will not suffice, but with your faith, lived with integrity.’ ”

A Prophecy? Or a Cold-Blooded Insight?

Was this a vision from God? I don’t know, and the Church will probably never speak on the subject. On the positive side, John Paul II was a genuine saint, and a deeply prayerful man. Nor was he particularly biased against Muslims. As LifeSiteNews points out, the pope caught widespread flack for kissing a Quran on a trip to a Muslim country. Nor did most Europeans have any reason to fear a Muslim influx into the rich, newly post-Cold War Europe. The only major enclaves of Muslims were in Bosnia and Albania. And the Bosnians were being persecuted by post-Communist Serbs. For those reasons, the pope’s prediction seems like a piece of hard-to-explain prophetic insight into the events of today.

Or it might have simply been the poetic imagination of an old, but highly perceptive man painting vividly the forces that would blight our future. John Paul had seen keenly before. Great anti-Communists like Whittaker Chambers had warned that the Soviet empire seemed likely to triumph. The overwhelming scholarly consensus was that Communism would loom over us for centuries. In my college years in the early 1980s, professors dismissed Ronald Reagan’s predictions that the Soviet Union would someday crumble as crackpot fantasies. But John Paul II saw through that, and found reason for hope. A few years later, perhaps he saw even further, and found reasons for fear.

Pope John Paul Wasn’t Alone

And some other men saw the hidden threat that the torpid, poverty-stuck Muslim world still posed. Hillaire Belloc famously predicted in the 1920s that Islam was the next great danger to the West. He said this when most Muslim regions on earth were still Western colonies! The great anti-Nazi social philosopher and economist, Wilhelm Röpke, called Communism “pseudo-Islam.” He saw that both systems were quasi-religious political and militaristic movements that sought world domination. In The Camp of the Saints, French novelist Jean Raspail painted a bleak but powerful picture of the West inundated by mass immigration, and terrorized by jihadists.

Men conquer continents. But men get raised by women. If you want a civilization that breeds men primed from childhood for conquest and domination you need to control the women. Islam does that.

Conquests Are Made By Men. Where Are Ours?

John Paul might have received a revelation from God. Or maybe his keen intellect simply had the piercing insight: Men conquer continents. But men must be raised by women. If you want a civilization that breeds men primed from childhood for conquest and domination you need to control the women. Islam does that. In fact, you wouldn’t be far wrong if you saw Islam as the real-world answer to The Handmaid’s Tale: A system for pressing women into service, to breed and raise men ready for jihad. Allah calls all able-bodied Muslim men to join it.

If that civilization, hungry and soured on memories of historic defeats and failures, looks across a sea as narrow and placid as the Mediterranean, what does it see? A continent where transient consensual pleasure in fleeting sexual encounters has replaced the mores of millennia. Where even women profess that brittle new creed, to pretend that it leaves them happy and free. Where cradles lie empty and young men shrug at their fathers’ flags, their grandfathers’ churches, and their kid sisters’ long list of “hook-ups.”

Faint Kantian Copies of Christian Virtues

Many Muslims believe too much, and most of it is wrong. But the very excess and surfeit of their violent superstition has burst the seams of their backward nations. They have marched in their millions to the land where men believe too little. Where faint Kantian copies of forgotten Christian virtues hang in nice little plastic frames on the wall, promising everything to everyone since nothing means anything. Where the government trains men to urinate sitting down, because doing anything else is “sexist.”

The pale, post-male men try to buy peace with fulsome apologies and checks from the government. The men of faith stare back at them contemptuously. Can it really be this easy, conquering the West? Or is this some kind of trick? They cash the checks, and wait in their mosques, keeping their women out of sight and frequently pregnant. The government’s checks buy the diapers.

What Cannot Continue, Won’t.

This cannot continue. The fierce and fertile Puritans and their heirs would not live long in peace alongside the Indians. As the natives’ chiefs sold off one county after another for trinkets and whiskey, sometimes a religious leader would arise among them. He would call out the leaders’ betrayal, and summon the people to resistance. To return to the old faith, then defend the tribe. It usually started with a vision from the spirits.

Was St. John Paul II our answer to Sitting Bull?  

In my next column on this topic, I’ll examine what a virtuous uprising of the worldwide Christian tribe might entail.

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  • Paul Trey

    I look forward to your outline of the virtuous uprising. Getting our flaccid loins all riled up in fearful angst might lead to trouble.

  • Paul

    The Puritans are the muslims in your analogy? Ironic.

    Didn’t you once suggest the Charlie Gard incident would bring down the EU? I think the new theory tied to muslim hoardes is far more likely.

    Your follow up column should be interesting.

    • Sonny’s Mom

      No, nowhere does this article say that Muslims are equivalent to the Puritans, so we should just STFU, get out of the way and let ourselves be trampled.

      But when American schools no longer teach subjects like history, and skills like reading comprehension– both important for orienting students to Western culture– I guess it’s no surprise that many will buy-in to moral equivalency arguments, Howard Zinn’s distorted historical revisionism and cultural Marxism.

  • I’m getting goose pimples reading this. I believe it is so. It is happening now. The threat of Islamism is here and has been here. Stop the Islamic immigration. In democracies, population makes a difference and even Muslims who have no malice add to the problem of providing an atmosphere for the Islamists and the deconstruction of western culture. Stop the immigration.

    • Lisa

      I’m with you on immigration…unless Christians can do a better job converting those who come here.

  • Patmos

    If a nation and a people are not filled with the Holy Spirit, they are going to be filled with something else. Just like ancient Israel and the Assyrians and Babylonians, it’s the same spirits at work. Nothing new under the sun.

  • James

    Which is why the Catholic Church is wise to prohibit birth control. The Church knows that the future depends on outbreeding the heathens and always has and always will.

    • Sonny’s Mom

      Although that’s not the only reason: with artificial contraception comes the tempting promise that “you shall be like God,” and the reduction of sex to sterile transactional encounters, as Peggy Noonan discussed in her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed column.

      • kpm

        Read HUMANAE VITAE…Pope PAUL VI teaches what will happen if we make birth control permissible. ABC will lead to normalization of ABORTION THEN ultimately to homosexual marriage, which it has…

  • Lisa

    “A continent where transient consensual pleasure in fleeting sexual encounters has replaced the mores of millennia. Where even women profess that brittle new creed, to pretend that it leaves them happy and free. Where cradles lie empty and young men shrug at their fathers’ flags, their grandfathers’ churches, and their kid sisters’ long list of hook-ups.”

    What has the sexual revolution bought us? Even the feminist movement sold mostly lies. With all that’s happening lately against men who behaved badly against women, maybe 2018 will be the year that our culture starts turning around.

    On a happy note, homeschool families I know have more kids than average and are intentionally trying to raise their boys and girls to follow God.

    • Vincent J.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think we can expect a turnaround until Jesus returns. Every day, I pray for worldwide revival and conversion, but I don’t see it coming.

      This is what I see coming; gird up your loins: Revelation 13:7 New International Version (NIV)

      It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

  • Vincent J.

    I had no idea that JP2 was a mystic. I’d like to know more about that.

    • kpm

      Bishop Sheen said ISLAM will be revealed as the anti-christ.

  • Vincent J.

    The book of Revelation tells us that satan will make war on the saints and win. It seems that islam is satan’s chosen vehicle for doing that.

    • Sonny’s Mom

      Talk about fake news! That’s not what the Book of Revelation says.
      “And they [satan’s forces] marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev 20:9-10)

      • Vincent J.

        Nice try.

        Revelation 13:7New International Version (NIV)

        “It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.”

        I never said that satan’s winning the war against the saints would be a permanent win. Perhaps I should have noted that it will be a temporary win.

        OK? We good now?

        • Sonny’s Mom

          Vade retro satana,
          Nunquam suade mihi vana.
          Sunt mala quæ libas.
          Ipse venena bibas!
          Crux sacra sit mihi lux,
          Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!

          • Vincent J.

            So you’re saying that Revelation 13:7 comes from satan?

            Do you agree with the following statements?
            Jesus is Lord.
            Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.
            Jesus is the Son of God.

          • Sonny’s Mom

            Vade retro satana!
            Nunquam suade mihi vana!
            Sunt mala quæ libas.
            Ipse venena bibas!
            Crux sacra sit mihi lux!
            Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!

          • Vincent J.

            I’m praying for you.

  • Vincent J.

    No. I’m praying to our Father in Jesus’ name that your mind be cleared to see the truth of scripture.

    I’ll ask you again. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh? Do you believe that Jesus is Lord?

    • Sonny’s Mom

      You’re the one who comes on this website preaching that “the book of Revelation says that satan defeats God.” Your words,not mine.

      • Vincent J.

        I don’t preach. I never said that satan defeats God. I said that satan will be given authority to defeat the saints. After that, Jesus comes and defeats satan. Open your bible and verify the scripture which I cited. That would be the book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 7.

        • Sonny’s Mom

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