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Pope wrong about migrants, says Hungarian prelate

September 08, 2015

Stating that Pope Francis “doesn’t know the situation,” a Hungarian bishop said that migrants entering his nation are “not refugees,” The Washington Post reported.

“This is an invasion,” Bishop László Kiss-Rigó of Szeged-Csanád. “They come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They want to take over.”



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  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 09, 2015 1:39 PM ET USA

    All that parties 8th Sept have said is true and relevant. However this is a humanitarian crisis requiring a charitable but pragmatic response. The Balkan crisis of the 1990s springs to mind of recent memory. There are always security concerns in emergencies like this but the newsreels evidence a high number of families and single women with young children. What another Pope would have done is academic. An effective and structured response to the crisis by the Church and secular powers is needed

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Sep. 09, 2015 9:40 AM ET USA

    The Pope doesn't appear to ever consult anyone that won't rubber stamp his opinions. Too bad when we should be able to look to him for wisdom. How I miss Benedict 16.

  • Posted by: FredC - Sep. 08, 2015 9:45 PM ET USA

    The immigration is a way of spreading Islam, whether inadvertent or not. Many videos show many young men immigrating. Wars and oppression in their home countries are proximate causes, so the governments of their home countries are more to blame than the U.S.

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 08, 2015 7:17 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised that the Holy Father did not consult senior clergy in the countries affected by the "migration". Entry of ISIS terrorists posing as poor migrants is a known problem. What is wrong at the Vatican that they can't get their press releases right?

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Sep. 08, 2015 6:18 PM ET USA

    "How many Syrian refugees have the Arab world’s six wealthiest nations resettled? Close to zero" Why won’t Saudi Arabia open its borders to fellow-Muslim refugees especially after Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal recently pledged $32 billion for charity?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 08, 2015 5:37 PM ET USA

    Agnes, no good deed goes unpunished. Hungary is not responsible for the migrant crisis. The. U.S. is, and on that we do agree.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 08, 2015 1:24 PM ET USA

    I imagine that "Allahu Akbar!" can also be a conversational equivalent of "Thank God!" This is a bony issue, and my prayers are with all of us, as I do not think we will be able to shirk the responsibility for some of these refugees that we have helped become refugees.