Responding to Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi’s call for an Islamic Europe, a missionary priest has warned that this future is possible if the continent continues its denial of its Christian roots and its demographic decline. Returning to Christianity would also solve “the problem of empty cradles,” 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,” commented Fr. Piero Gheddo of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, according to Zenit. He said that with the exception of the Italian episcopal conference’s Avvenire, no newspaper has “seriously taken into consideration how to respond to this challenge of Islam, which sooner or later will conquer the majority in Europe.”

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