As RC Christian I like to shortly commend on this. Sure the Pope makes a mistake. Sure there are innocent refugees ( Christians and Yezdies), and sure they need help. Point of stupidnes is that not all are refugees. Hard to see who is, who is not. Action to Dutch Bishops is allready being made with strong warning about vigilance, not just to take a refugee in the house. Also to Dutch government, Amnesty, and refugee organisations and police. Our Pope is absolutely right that it is good to help the poor. It is even a Jewish way of life. But then, one should not help an enemy. With the last, the trouble comes in, the Pope should not have put this out, without the perspective of the dangers of helping the wrong refugees.
At the Angelus yesterday, Pope Francis issued the following appeal:
Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who flee death from war and hunger, and who have begun a journey moved by vital hope, the Gospel calls us to be “neighbors” of the weakest and the abandoned. To give them concrete hope. It’s not enough to say, “Take heart. Be patient.” Christian hope has a fighting spirit, with the tenacity of one who goes toward a sure goal.
Therefore, before the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, I make an appeal to parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines of all Europe, that they give expression to an application of the Gospel and welcome a family of refugees. A concrete gesture in preparation for the Holy Year of Mercy. That every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every shrine of Europe welcome one family, beginning with my…
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