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Prince Charles: Christianity SOS

The Prince Of Wales is a friend to Islam — rather more of one than some English Christians like. He is also a practicing Christian. You would expect that of the man who will, as king, be known as Defender Of The Faith, but I was told by a friend of his that he takes his religion seriously. He makes pilgrimages to Mount Athos (his father, Prince Philip, was Greek Orthodox), and prays and meditates, and even receives communion, alone in a hut he built in his garden at Highgrove. James C. passes along news that the Prince has just spoken out for Christians in the Middle East [1]. Excerpt:

Christianity is beginning “to disappear” in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of “organised persecution” across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned.

In an impassioned intervention, he said that the world is in danger of losing something “irreplaceably precious” with communities tracing their history back to the time of Jesus now under threat from fundamentalist Islamist militants.

Speaking openly of his own Christian faith, he said he had become “deeply troubled” by the plight of those he described as his “brothers and sisters in Christ”.

And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to “build bridges and dispel ignorance” being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends.

He devoted a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House to draw attention to the threat Christians have come under in recent months across Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region.

A Jordanian prince — a Muslim, obviously — stood by the prince and also spoke up for persecuted Christians.

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19 Comments To "Prince Charles: Christianity SOS"

#1 Comment By JonF On December 18, 2013 @ 9:28 am

Good for Prince Charles. Nice to hear that royalty can occasionally find something better to do with itself than provide income for paparazzi and scandal sheets.

#2 Comment By Darth Thulhu On December 18, 2013 @ 9:38 am

One prays that the capital he has amassed can be productively expended. The religious liberty of millions is in dire peril.

#3 Comment By James C. On December 18, 2013 @ 9:43 am

Would that our elected leaders made the same impassioned pleas for the Christians getting “cleansed” down there.

There’s a reason why polls routinely show that the most popular political institutions among the British public are the Monarchy and the House of Lords—and that was before last week’s discovery that David Cameron in drag is a doppelgänger for Russia’s Catherine the Great:

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#4 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On December 18, 2013 @ 10:19 am

And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to “build bridges and dispel ignorance” being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends.

Knock a glass off the counter, now clean up the glass shards all over the floor. Notice how much less effort is required to create a mess versus the effort to clean it up.

Unfortunately we live in a universe that has this tendency towards disorder. But I have sympathy for the Prince seeing his work undone so easily.

tl;dr It’s much easier to create chaos than to fix it.

#5 Comment By balconesfault On December 18, 2013 @ 10:20 am

@James C. says: Would that our elected leaders made the same impassioned pleas for the Christians getting “cleansed” down there.

Ahh – but Prince Charles isn’t an “elected leader”. Nor does he actually speak with any of the force of the British Government.

#6 Comment By Eliana On December 18, 2013 @ 10:21 am

There is a community of believers far and wide which is made up of people from
every faith tradition–Christians, Muslims, Jews
and all the rest–and of people from no faith tradition, too, who know that, freedom of worship and the free expression of ideas and beliefs are among the most deeply precious of our human rights.

Those who believe deeply in these precious rights for all
need to witness to their beliefs strongly in our times and in all times.

Thanks to Charles and to all those who give such witness.

#7 Comment By SDS On December 18, 2013 @ 10:34 am

Hmmmm….

“Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region…”

I wonder if our meddling in …..

…No; certainly not… impossible.

#8 Comment By Michelle On December 18, 2013 @ 11:24 am

Good for Charles for speaking out. More voices need to join the chorus.

#9 Comment By charles cosimano On December 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

It’s nice that he says such things but one must also remember that the “Defender of the Faith” title is just one of those silly things they include in the job description, sort of like “Emperor of the Moon.”

#10 Comment By mrscracker On December 18, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

I saw this from Pope Francis, I think his Wednesday audience:

“Think carefully about this: God comes to live with men, he chooses the earth as his dwelling in order to stay together with find where man passes his days in joy and or in sorrow. Therefore the earth is above all not a ‘valley of tears’ but a place where God himself has pitched his tent. It is the place of meeting for God with man, of solidarity of God with men.”

I really liked the last sentence.
I kind of like Prince Charles, too.Not all his choices in life, but at least he’s seeking.

#11 Comment By J On December 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

The Old Order always insists that it isn’t obsolete just yet. Given enough additional time and power and benefit of it doubt, it will absolutely, definitely, solve all the problems it just, uh, hasn’t quite had the opportunity to fix.

#12 Comment By MikeCA On December 18, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

Prince Charles is often given short shrift but I find him to be a good man. I read an interview where he stated he would prefer being known as “The Defender of Faiths” as the UK is obviously a diverse nation religiously. Her Majesty is still going strong at 87 and I believe the Queen Mum lived to 102,so any reign of Charles is likely to be brief à la Edward VII- maybe a decade or so. Or maybe we’ll see a middle aged King William & Queen Catherine;the more I read about them the more they remind of King George V & Queen Mary. That would be fortuitous as they were model monarchs and set a good tone for Britain & the Commonwealth.

#13 Comment By Jay On December 18, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

You would expect that of the man who will, as king, be known as Defender Of The Faith,

He has actually said that when he becomes king (or *if* he becomes king, which is not a sure thing at this point) he will style himself “Defender of Faith” rather than “Defender of the Faith.”

#14 Comment By Ryan Booth On December 18, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

You are mistaken. Charles is NOT going to assume the title of Defender of the Faith.

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#15 Comment By curious On December 18, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

It was interesting when PM Tony Blair left that he finally converted to Catholicism. Perhaps the next move is for the next King to finally come back to Rome, how would that affect the Anglican church?

#16 Comment By Ryan Booth On December 18, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

Curious, the next king, like his country is converting to MTD.

#17 Comment By Jay On December 18, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

Perhaps the next move is for the next King to finally come back to Rome, how would that affect the Anglican church?

Under current British law, such a king would have to abdicate.

#18 Comment By WhollyRoamin On December 18, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

If the next king converted to Catholicism, he would abdicate the throne. That Act of Settlement is a doozy.

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#19 Comment By John On December 18, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

Persecution is persecution. Period. Good for him. What is happening in Syria, Iaq, Egypt and the other Muddle Eastern countries is a violation if human rights.