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BERLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - After pushing for an open Europe, which allowed 1.1 million Muslim refugees into Germany last year, Cdl. Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, now admits that "Germany cannot accommodate all the destitute of the world."
The archbishop of Munich and Freising made these comments Saturday in an interview with the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse.
The escalating chaos in Germany made national news after Christmas with widespread rioting by Muslim refugees.
Nonetheless, Cdl. Marx, speaking last week at a Catholic forum in Berlin, was still pushing for an open Europe and urging countries like Poland to accept quotas of refugees as allocated by the European Union.
At that meeting, as reported by ChurchMilitant.com, municipalities made it clear that the growing number of refugees was rapidly becoming unmanageable and without reduction would certainly overburden the system.
At the meeting, Reiner Haseloff, spokesman for Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), warned, "It should be quite clear that without a significant reduction of the influx of refugees, it will be unmanageable this year." German state leaders at that meeting were asking for $5–7 billion simply to pay for the integration of those refugees already there.
Cardinal Marx now seems to be changing his stance on immigration. "As a Church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees."
Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel is already facing backlash from the German populace unhappy with the government's immigration policy — a policy also pushed by German bishops — which brought in so many refugees. Because of the ensuing chaos — particularly the hundreds of sexual assault cases perpetrated by migrants on New Year's Eve — 40 percent of Germans are now demanding her resignation.
In a seemingly contradictory statement Saturday, Marx commented that "charity overlooking the refugee crisis knows no boundaries," but it was "not about charity alone but also reason and what is politically possible."
Marx took exception, however, to the call by some government officials who suggest the use of force in securing Germany's borders against the flood of Muslim asylum seekers. The cardinal said such talk was based on xenophobia. Likening it to racial prejudice, he remarked, "Sadly there has always been a certain potential for rightwing extremism and racism in Germany."
To understand the crisis unfolding from unrestrained Muslim immigration watch "Mic'd Up—Isis Crisis."