One African bishop in Rome who is attending the synod on young people said that Europe is being Islamized because the Catholic Church has been asleep all this time.
The bishop, Andrew Nkea Fuanya, warned that the dioceses in Europe can vanish from this changing religious movement unless the Church wakes up from sleep. If Christianity falls under Islamic Europe, the impacts can be felt back in Africa.
In a statement, Fuanya said "And I will dare to say that, especially with the backdrop of the Islamic invasion, if you look through history, where the Church slept, got diverted away from the Gospel, Islam took the advantage and came in,"
He adds, "This is what we are seeing in Europe, that the Church is sleeping, and Islam is creeping in... Europe is being Islamized, and it will affect Africa."
He also went on to accuse Western bishops for being overly sensitive about their reputation, especially in the media.
'And in this way, they don't want to make enemies before going back home,' the bishop said.
'They want to take some very fluid positions so that they can be applauded by media. [But] we didn't come here to defend positions. We came here to look at what the truth of the Gospel is.
'So, if we have to compromise the truth, then the synod had no use, we didn't need to come here.'
He pleaded with his fellow bishops to remain faithful to the truth, saying that young people are only 'confused' when church leaders 'speak with ambiguous language'.
'The Church must not shy away from the truth. Whether it pleases the youth, or it pleases journalists, or it pleases the powers that be, the Church should never shy away from the truth. And this is my strong point,' he said.
Any compromise on the Bible, particularly when it comes to homosexuality, he added, 'won't go down in Africa.'
'Once we speak ambiguous language, the youth get confused and they go astray,' he said.
'We should make sure that it is the truth that we are handing down, otherwise the synod will produce more confused youth than youth who are getting involved in church life.'
The Synod on Youth has been ongoing in the Vatican since October 3 and concluded on Sunday.