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German prelate warns against populism, emphasizes global common good

March 02, 2017

Writing in preparation for the September German elections, the president of the German bishops’ justice and peace commission said that the global common good should be the at the forefront of concerns.

Bishop Stephan Ackermann, joined by lay leader Thomas Sternberg, said that “populism does not resolve the problems” and said that populist appeals for a homogenous, prosperous Germany are “deceptive.”

“We can only achieve and secure a good life for all, clean air, security and prosperity, if we place the common good in the first place,” they continued. Warning that “walls” and “fences” do not “achieve greater security,” they called for a greater investment in work, education, and peacekeeping forces worldwide.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 03, 2017 8:30 AM ET USA

    "They called for a greater investment in...peacekeeping forces worldwide." What are peacekeeping forces if not human walls against aggression? Walls are like weapons such as airplanes, 18-wheelers, automobiles, and...guns--they can be used for good or for evil. If walls are used to protect the good, to prevent hostile invasion (either of a home or a country), to regulate commerce (economic walls), then they are not evil, but serve the common good. Walls can do a lot of good for a lot of people.