Migrant crisis and the shameful silence of Cardinal Péter Erdő

Standing next to a boat used by refugees to reach safer shores, Germany’s Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki begged Europeans not to turn a blind eye to the plight of migrants. “Someone who lets people drown in the Mediterranean also drowns God — every day, thousands of times.”

Cardinal Woelki in Cologne, Germany is using a refugee boat as a pulpit.

Cardinal Woelki in Cologne, Germany is using a refugee boat as a pulpit.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster asked Catholics to protest against immigration policies that could put the lives of children at risk. “While it is right to keep silent when children are asleep, it is never right to stay silent when they are perishing at sea or at risk in hostile camps.”

Cardinal Nichols visits a refugee camp in Iraq.

Cardinal Nichols visits a refugee camp in Iraq.

Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila noted that he had “migrant DNA” as he called on people to turn to Catholic social teachings and show a caring attitude when dealing with the refugee crisis. He referred to his grandparents who were refugees from China.

 Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis.  Tagle’s grandparents were refugees from China.

Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis. Tagle’s grandparents were refugees from China.

Pope Francis spoke in Krakow at the World Youth Day, and before a crowd of 600,000 he pleaded to welcome migrants and refugees. “A merciful heart is able to be a place of refuge for those who are without a home or have lost their home… A merciful heart can share its bread with the hungry and welcome refugees and migrants.

The Orbán government has repeatedly ignored calls for humane treatment of refugees; instead it will stage an anti-migrant referendum on October 2nd, 2016. Hungarians are asked the question: Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of parliament?

The government has launched a racist poster campaign and pro-government media often describes migrants as sub-humans and also attacks the Muslim religion. This year at the AHEA Conference at the University of Maryland Mr. Tamás Stark, a historian of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, gave a presentation about the similarity of the rhetoric against the migrants to the anti-Semitic attacks against Galician Jews who fled to Hungary during World War I. It seems that the Orbán government has made racism and migrant bashing Hungary’s official policy.

Yet, the Hungarian Catholic Church is silent. Cardinal Péter Erdő does not comment; he has not raised his voice to tell Catholics that the anti-migrant referendum is immoral and against Christian values.

Cardinal Erdő (right) is silent in the migrant issue and frequently disagrees with Pope Francis (left).

Cardinal Erdő (right) is silent in the migrant issue and frequently disagrees with Pope Francis (left).

It is not too late. Cardinal Erdő should use his moral authority and demand the withdrawal of the referendum. Such a shameful question should never be posed to the Hungarian People. This referendum will put a permanent stain on the nation’s history.

György Lázár

32 Comments

  1. Christopher Adam says:

    The Catholic Church of Hungary is shameful, and I am saddened that I have to say this as a Catholic…indeed, as the director of a Catholic parish and charity here in Canada, which is much, much closer in its outlook and its embrace of social justice to Germany’s Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Cardinal Luis Tagle or Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

    Hungary’s Roman Catholic Church–with the exception of small, local, grassroots faith communities that I am sure strive to live by the principles of compassion, inclusion and social justice–does not walk in the footsteps of Jesus, but rather shamefully bolsters a regime which hurts those most–the vulnerable in our society–that people of Christian faith should be empowering.

  2. Don Hermiston says:

    When the entire European continent is in danger of losing it’s identity, I think religious altruism needs to take a back seat to reality.

    • Caring for fellow human beings is not about religion, the human race is in jeopardy by the actions of other humans, the only thing that is standing in the way is HUMAN greed, so the only thing that can save everyone is by standing together as HUMANS! Unfortunately, some people need a religion to tell them what is right and what is wrong.

      • “Caring for fellow human beings is not about religion..”

        Yes it is in this case as this piece is examining the migrant issue in context with the Catholic Church of Hungary and the behavior Cardinal Péter Erdő and the religious implication of humanitarian issues. Therefore @Hermiston’s message was absolutely on topic an correct.

        You are really such a sanctimonious hypocrite wearing a protective mask of an overexcited infuriated humanitarian only to attack and lecture everybody on this site, but all you can give is rhetoric, commonplace stereotype rants and offenses which has nothing to do with the topic.

        Yes, this piece is about what @Hermiston said, and what he said was a correct answer.

        • Oh quit jumping on everyones bandwagon Richard. You are not one who can talk about “rhetoric”, and lecturing as you are the king of those things around here. In case you missed my point while you were frantically trying to jump at any opportunity to engage with me, my point was simple, you should NOT need religion to tell you with over 60 MILLION people displaced in this world that the countries that are able to take refugees should. And EVERYONE, needs to be giving a damn about that instead of worrying about losing our cultural identities. As I mentioned before, we are responsible for our cultural identities, no one can take it from us, unless we decided that their mere presence does. In that case we are weak.

          • That didn’t make sense you get lost in your infinite wisdom as usual.
            You say “you should NOT need religion to tell you with over 60 MILLION people displaced in this world that the countries that are able to take refugees should.” while I said that yes in in this case in this piece religion has a great importance.

            The Christians who were taught to love now save the Moslem refugees who in return out of gratitude say :
            “convert to Islam or die”

    • It’s not about religion or religious altruism it’s about a well financed incredibly evil plan to change Europe’s population.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-16/soros-hack-reveals-plot-behind-europes-refugee-crisis-media-funding-and-manipulation

    • Wrong Richard,

      The leaked docs re financial donations/support “reveal” nothing since the financial statements of these NGOs list them. (Magyar Idők even “processes” them http://magyaridok.hu/belfold/gurulo-dollarok-nyilvanos-soros-lista-921616/).

      The DC Leaks site has been analyzed by security firms and everything points to Russia:
      http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/tracking-russian-hackers-638295?_ga=1.236396225.157604306.1471507736
      https://www.threatconnect.com/blog/does-a-bear-leak-in-the-woods/

      • “The refugee crisis is not a naturally occurring phenomenon. It coincided with OSF donating money to the US-based Migration Policy Institute and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, both Soros-sponsored organizations. Both groups advocate the resettlement of third-world Muslims into Europe.

        In 2015, a Sky News reporter found “Migrant Handbooks” on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was later revealed that the handbooks, which are written in Arabic, had been given to refugees before crossing the Mediterranean by a group called “Welcome to the EU.”

        Welcome to the EU is funded by—you guessed it—the Open Society Foundations.

        Soros has not only backed groups that advocate the resettlement of third-world migrants into Europe, he in fact is the architect of the “Merkel Plan.”

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-08/how-george-soros-singlehandedly-created-european-refugee-crisis-and-why

  3. Dr. Habil. András Fodor says:

    Would you mind asking a question?
    How many refugees are accepted by Saudi Arabia, and how many by Israel?
    I guess that both countries have been welcoming much more refugees than those shameful Hungarians…
    Am I right?

    • Fodor, valid question, but not for here. Why don’t you take your comment over to an Israeli or Saudi blog. Here we will discuss the actions of the Hungarian government, hence the title of the blog.

    • Good question, I might also ask why the refugees don’t go that way, why they choose the long route to Europe.
      Because that’s the destination where the well payed human smuggler brings them, and because these refugees are mostly migrants. They could travel no more than 50 km without a well organized human smuggling network.
      Now, I wouldn’t ask why Saudi Arabia and Israel is not accepting them I’d rather ask what their active role is in this terrible replacement and genocide of the European populace.

      And it’s not shameful that the migrants want to survive meanwhile, it’s shameful that the Hungarians want to do the same.

    • Dr. Debil

      What kind of doctor can offer this idiotic logic, i.e.
      if someone else is selfish, ungodly and evil, that absolves the selfish, ungodly and evil actions of the Orban regime.

      The believers here follow the path of the Devil, they by step the teachings of Christ and succumb to sin by hate and heartlessness, lest they suffer some discomfort.
      Never hear them offer some other solutions, help or money, but hatred and hypocrisy. Some Christians.

  4. Do you know what that hand sign in the picture “Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis. Tagle’s grandparents were refugees from China.” is for????

    That’s the Illuminati satanic hand sign.

    https://warningilluminati.wordpress.com/hands-signs-signs-of-satan/

  5. György Lázár says:

    Dear Richard,

    The Pope and the Cardinal said “I love you.” in sign language.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-francis-flashes-hand-sign-article-1.2086706

  6. Liz Aucoin on August 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    “Yeah, just as I suspected. You are one ill person Richard.”

    Who, me? Here, eat this.

    “• Irish babies may have been ritually murdered : New eyewitnesses in Ireland and Holland describe more Ninth Circle killings, name George Soros, Prince Friso and Dutch Prime Minister
    • Direct Action Units prepare to shut down Ninth Circle rituals at Montreal
    and Dublin churches
    • Canadian common law courts convene under the authority of a new
    Republic
    • Child rape not a crime in Catholicism: Archbishop’s admission to American court is a wake up call to why it all must end

    Ninth Circle Rituals targeted for shut down

    Montreal and Dublin:

    Professionally trained sheriffs are preparing to shut down planned Ninth Circle sacrificial rituals at Catholic churches in Montreal, Canada and Dublin, Ireland this summer and autumn, and arrest and charge the participants with murder.
    ….Meanwhile, as the Common Law trial of Pope Francis and others for child trafficking and murder proceeds in Brussels”

    https://geopolitics.co/2014/06/12/trial-of-pope-francis-itccs/#more-17718

  7. Liz Aucoin on August 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    “I see what you are now..”

    O.K. now see this.
    “Eyewitnesses Testify: Pope Francis Raped and Killed Children; Sealed Vatican Documents Expose Their Satanic Rituals”

    http://humansarefree.com/2014/04/eyewitnesses-testify-pope-francis-raped.html

  8. Richard.

    Look what you’ve written!
    Quickly, THE PILLS !

  9. Richard, it took me less than 30 seconds to find out these stories about the ninth circle rituals is a fabrication, not that I wasn’t tipped off by the ridiculousness of the articles you linked to anyway. Please get some help and maybe stop visiting these crazy websites you claim have the “truth”.
    http://www.snopes.com/hunting-license/

  10. Liz,
    And here the Pope just declares Lucifer as Good hailing Jesus Christ as his son.

  11. Liz,

    Since when do you rely on the internet so much. Wasn’t it you who you who criticized me for that in your post of Liz Aucoin on August 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    “I think you need a break from the internet as it is sending you into a whirlwind of crazy.”
    Then why do YOU do it? And bringing unreliable links that you are the first to criticize and vilify if others posters do? Well, well my little, I cannot characterize you better than with your own words
    “I see what you are now and I think everyone else does too.”

    hehehe little excited Lizzy-Mizzy 😀 😀

    Meanwhile, I would remind you Rob Bandon’s words on August 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm in the “Hungary wins gold, breaks record on Olympics Day 1, but why did public television censor the coverage?” thread when he said
    “Lot of socialists on this site (like the author) contradicting themselves without the sense to notice.”
    You’re one of them.

    A little usual bonus to to thank you efforts.

    “George Soros wants to take over the world using the ‘refugee crisis’ – and Obama and Hillary Clinton are his biggest cheerleaders”

    http://www.freedom.news/2016-08-16-george-soros-wants-to-take-over-the-world-using-the-refugee-crisis-and-obama-and-hillary-clinton-are-his-biggest-cheerleaders.html

  12. As it seems I get no more challenge and personal offenses I am posting my last message on this topic.

    The silence of Cardinal Péter Erdő about the migrant crisis is truly shameful indeed. As a Hungarian Cardinal of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church he should have raised his voice for the protection of the Christian population of Europe who are tortured, raped, killed, threatened, who have to leave in state of emergency in their own once free democratic countries, who are kept in constant terror and fear by the violent multi-million strong hordes of Islam invaders who still live in the world of their barbaric and cruel Sharia, mutilating, beheading, stoning, other human beings, flinging acid into women faces who openly declare they want Islam to dominate the world

    ————————————————–

    It’s everyone’s own responsibility to see this terrible destruction of Europe and the Christian populace of the continent, and to clearly realize that helping sentient human beings like migrants cannot be done at the expense of the well-being and the lives of other innocent sentient beings, and destroying ones is not the way of saving others. It’s not what Christ and the church teaches. The faithful Christian believers of the Vatican and followers of Christ would deserve their protection beyond their empty blessings and ceremonies.

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