According to article published on americamagazine.org Pope said that it is a “moral imperative” to protect migrant workers and those “exiled and seeking asylum” meaning refugees. I would like to concentrate on Pope’s views of so called “refugees”.
Let me clear from the start that I’m not against helping people fleeing wars and conflicts. They have to be helped.
From the very beginning Pope’s views are very pro-refugees. On number of occasions he was encouraging Christians to welcome refugees. In one statement he said:
“In God’s heart there are no enemies” and “God only has sons and daughters. We are the ones who raise walls, build barriers and label people.”
I’ve got difficulty to understand how he could miss the whole hatred in Koran for non-believers. In one of many examples we read: "Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." Koran 3:85. How we are supposed to assimilate wave of invaders (since most of them are men in young age) with hatred in their hearts for everything which is not Islamic ? This invaders showed on many occasions how much they “respect” our culture and way of life. How we are not supposed to build walls to protect us ? Seems like we have to just discard our prejudice and watch with love in our eyes how everything is collapsing.
Coming back to the original article we read:
“The pope advocated a “shared response” to this crisis by the political community, civil society and the church. He said that effort could be described with four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.”
To welcome people who are in needs – yes. To protect young men who are pretending to be refugees looking easy way into Europe instead of fighting for their country – no. To promote and integrate something so alienated from our culture – no and no.
Then we read:
In his address on Feb. 21, he said rejection is “rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist rhetoric,” and he underlined the need for “a change of attitude, to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors.”
We the one’s who have to change our attitude. Than we the one’s who have to change our way of life to “overcome indifference”. After all that, we the one’s who have to change the law to make sure we are not offending them by following only our law. It is hard to say they knocking at our door. To use such an expression is simply undermining reality.
The next paragraph says:
“He called for the promotion of an “integral human development” of migrants, exiles and refugees and said this requires “a coordinated effort” involving the political community, civil society, international organizations and religious institutions.”
Lets call it simple – collectivism.
The next paragraph is even more disturbing:
“The pope highlighted the need for the integration of migrants in host countries and explained that this “is neither assimilation nor incorporation. It is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the joint recognition of the other’s cultural richness: It is not the superimposing of one culture over another, nor mutual isolation, with the insidious and dangerous risk of creating ghettos.”
This is exactly what he says it isn’t. There is no two-way process since most Europeans does want to preserve their own culture in the same way as migrants want to preserve theirs. I doubt that each side would just simply start giving up on their heritage. Simple fact is that ghettos are fact of life. Just look at big cities in Europe or USA.
It seems to me that the sun has almost blinded Pope. Don’t forget that he’s only the face. He represents huge institution.
In all of this crisis there is no talk or any plan of them coming back to their own country…..