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German cardinal criticized for remarks on Muslims

Catholic World News - January 30, 2014

Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne told members of the Neocatechumenal Way that “I always say one of your families replaces three Muslim families” – prompting criticism from political and Muslim leaders.

According to The Local, a European news site, Cardinal Meisner was praising the large family size of the ecclesial movement’s members.

“It was never my intention to offend those of other faiths,” the 80-year-old prelate later said. “Perhaps my choice of words in this case was unfortunate.”

“I have repeatedly stated that in many cases Muslim families set an example to our ageing society,” he added.

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jan. 30, 2014 11:56 AM ET USA

    The Church can never come to terms with Islam. Wherever the two coexist in any society, there will always be violence, as we are seeing now in Nigeria and elsewhere. Islam is a repulsive life-style, subjugating women to the status of second-class citizens, and persecuting any non-Islamic people who are unfortunate enough to be ruled by a Muslim regime. Cardinal Meisner should grasp this realistic nettle and eschew all contact with his would-be tormentors.

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jan. 30, 2014 11:14 AM ET USA

    The Church has to get to understanding the true nature of Islam. This is an aggressive movement which wherever it has gone in the world, there has been conflict often of a violent nature. There is no doubt of the "infiltrate and destroy" mentality of the religion itself. Catholic leaders are so intent on ecumenism that they equate wolves with sheep.

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