German Catholic Church calls for fewer muslim ‘refugees’ to be allowed into the country because the country can’t take ‘all the world’s needy’
- More than one million asylum seekers arrived in the country during 2015
- Cardinal Reinhard Marx warned there should be a ‘reduction in refugees‘
- But he does have concerns over ‘a rise in xenophobia’ in Germany
More than one million asylum seekers arrived in the country during 2015 – with the Government yet to give an estimate for how many it expects this year.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, made his comments in the Passauer Neue Presse in which he also expressed concern at a rise in xenophobia in Germany.
‘As a church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees,’ he said.
Marx added: ‘Germany cannot take in all the world’s needy.’
The question of how to respond to the migrant crisis, he asserted, should not solely be a matter of ‘charity but also reason.’
However, Marx also expressed concern at a rise in xenophobia in Germany amid the worst refugee crisis that Europe has known since World War II.
A recent example came when Germany’s eurosceptic right-wing populist AfD party suggested last week that police ‘if need be’ should threaten to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.
Border police ‘should be able if need be to have recourse to their firearms – as laid down by law,’ said party chairwoman Frauke Petry.
This type of speech is ‘unacceptable,’ said Marx, adding: ‘Sadly there has always been a certain potential for right-wing extremism and racism in Germany.’
‘This ideology has evidently been further consolidated,’ he said, lamenting that the belittling of foreigners had ‘reached the upper classes.’
Anti-Islamic group Pegida, which began as a movement in Germany in mid-2014 and has since spread to France and other European countries, called on members and sympathisers from across Europe to march Saturday under the anti-migrant banner of ‘Fortress Europe’.
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