Cardinal Marx warns against nationalism in Europe
September 29, 2016
Addressing an audience of 800 in Berlin that included Chancellor Angela Merkel, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich praised the German policy of welcoming migrants and condemned nationalism.
“Patriotism yes, we love our homeland, but any form of nationalism must be opposed,” said the president of the German Bishops’ Conference on September 27, as he emphasized that the Church will not participate in a “defensive, restorative, neo-romantic idea.”
Cardinal Marx said that important components of a refugee policy include humane treatment, a fair trial in asylum hearings, and a refusal to send refugees back to situations of war.
The prelate added that the concerns of poor nations should be placed at the center of trade negotiations.
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