Notre Dame is Smoldering. Is the Vatican’s Fire Insurance Up to Date?

French authorities are treating the blaze that all but consumed Notre Dame Cathedral as an accident. Perhaps, but arsonists and vandals have targeted more than 10 French churches in the past two months., including Saint-Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris. The religion of peace is notorious for attacking the religious symbols of others.

Like the dying embers of the fire that consumed much of Notre Dame, Christianity is dying in Europe. Churchgoers are mostly elderly women.

The constitution proposed for the European Union a decade ago didn’t contain a single mention of the faith that was the continent’s defining characteristic for more than a thousand years. Secularists are embarrassed by Europe’s history.

But nature, as they say, abhors a vacuum. The Muslim population of France has increased from an estimated 4.5 million in 2009 to 8.5 million in 2017, including 100,000 converts. There are believed to be more mosques than churches in Southern France. Attacks on Jews have grown correspondingly.

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Late last month, Pope Francis lectured the mayor of Rome on the need to be more hospitable toward Muslim migrants. I wonder if the Vatican is up to date on its fire insurance?

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Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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