Muslim-born convert quits Church after pope change

published on March 26, 2013

A Muslim-born journalist whose 2008 baptism by Pope Benedict XVI made him Italy’s most famous convert announced Monday he was leaving the Catholic Church over the new pontiff’s overtures to Islam.

Magdi Allam, a former deputy editor of leading daily Corriere della Sera who was born in Egypt, voiced his irritation over what he described as the “papolatry” surrounding the onset of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

“My conversion to catholicism, by the hand of Benedict XVI on the eve of Easter on March 22, 2008, came to an end when his pontificate did,” he wrote in Il Giornale newspaper.

“I am convinced that Islam is an intrinsically violent ideology,” Allam wrote, predicting that “Europe will end up under Islam’s boot”.

Pope Francis, who was elected earlier this month, said he wanted to intensify the dialogue with other religions, including Islam.

“The legitimisation of Islam as a true religion, of Allah as a true God, of Mohammed as a true Prophet, of the Koran as a holy scripture and of mosques as places of worship… have driven me away from the Church,” Allam wrote.

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