Cardinal Turkson has contradicted European bishops in matters of immigration.
(Rome) One topic, two senior Church representatives and two completely contradictory opinions. The topic is mass immigration, and the two statements can help to clarify the message and the controversial role of the Church.
Cardinal Peter Turkson is prefect of the Dicastry for theHolistic Development of Man, established by Francis in 2016. Previously, since 2009 he has been President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Above all, he comes from Ghana in Africa.
Cardinal Turkson: hearing Africa's voice in Europe
As an African, Cardinal Turkson has something to say about the mass migration to Europe, which is currently giving European politicians a headache. Several waves of migration have already taken place, new ones should be on the way. The politicians of the "open doors" have awakened a spirit they can not get rid of. In the meantime, new politicians, as in Italy and Austria, have to deal with the legacy of their predecessors.
At a development aid conference in Albenga, Italy, the cardinal encouraged the international community to take action in the countries of origin in view of the migration problem. The suggestion sounds different from that of Pope Francis, who for years has been the spokesman for a boundless immigration into the western states.
Cardinal Turkson did not explicitly say so, but opposed attempts to use the Christian message in certain political directions.
Paradox: Church in Africa says the opposite of that in Europe
The Church is now experiencing a veritable paradox in this question. While Western Church representatives can scarcely have enough immigration, demand even more immigration, and deny dissenters, even in the Church, their Christianity as it were, the African Church representatives receive a completely different message.
Africa's bishops are against the emigration of their compatriots. They preach to their compatriots against such an "adventure" and warn against a "false paradise" promised to them. They see a great danger in the emigration that the African states will lose the most important capital: their youth. The bishops preach against human trafficking on a grand scale. There is nothing else about the migration wave that was not initiated by Africans. If European institutions do nothing to increase the birth rate in Europe, but do everything to reduce it through abortion, contraception and homosexualization, but then want to "fix" this indebted demographic aberration through immigration - as if there were no peoples, languages and Cultures, but only arbitrarily displaceable (by whom?) masses of individuals.
Africa's bishops are calling for Western aid, that is a given, on the ground, but not population shifts. Thirty years ago, emigration was not yet an issue for black Africans. So why today, when the living conditions in Africa have become much better?
Voice of the Bishops of Africa is concealed in Europe
But the voices of African bishops are hijacked in Europe, at best ridiculed, but not heard - even in the church.
Cardinal Turkson in Albenga with the local bishop, some priests and nuns
Cardinal Turkson spoke a year ago of "turning the tap". Turkson was also the one who a few years ago released the video, when he was under Pope Benedict XVI, in the Vatican, “Muslim Demographics,” which warned against the Islamic conquest of Europe by immigration. He was sharply attacked for that. Today he turns against the "demographic shock". Europe can not shift its demographic problems to Africa.
He described it as a mistake to focus only on immigration, like the aspect of receiving migrants. Rather, the focus should be on emigration and measures should be taken in the home countries to prevent emigration.
It is important, according to the cardinal, that the "good Samaritan helps those who are in trouble". This is one of the most expressive parables of the Gospel. That does not mean, therefore, that it meant a certain form of help, let alone politics.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a personal challenge. It was not a political call on the government of Judea or the Roman authorities to take care of the needy man. The Samaritan did not call for government and authorities. He had not exerted any political pressure or attacked others who did not act like him. He also did not organize collective help, but personally took care of himself as far as he could. He helped the destitute where he met him. There was no political migration agenda associated with this.
Bishop Galantino: "I do not take in any immigrants in my house"
Cardinal Turkson opposed the politicization of the Christian message. He also indirectly contradicted the Italian Episcopal Conference, which attacked the new Italian government aggressively on the immigration course because of their stance against illegal immigration.
The Italian Bishops' Conference has spent incredible energy in recent weeks to attack the new government, raising a political question to a religious question. Cardinal Turkson made it clear in Savona that the immigration question was not a question of faith.
The bishops recently called on the Italians to accept illegal immigrants into their private homes. Quite a few Italians asked how many illegal immigrants the bishops had accepted in their residences.
So questioned, Bishop Nunzio Galantino gave a revealing answer:
"I do not accept any in my house because it would be irresponsible to think that in my house, I could solve the problem of each of these people."
That sounds "hypocritical," according to InfoVaticana, as they simultaneously make political demands on the state and help divide society over a political issue.
Christ did not speak of "solving" any problem, rather he said there would be "always" poor. There should be a distinction between a personal request and a political demand.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Diocesi Albenga / MiL (Screenshots)
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