Blogger, Andrew Paterson reports on the Joint Statement issued by the Heads of Caritas Europa and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe and submits his correspondence with them, for our comment…
While interior ministers meet tomorrow and Friday to discuss EU migration policies, people trying to reach the safety of Europe continue to die en route. Caritas Europa and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe calls on European leaders to alter its restrictive approach to migration. Policies focused on deterrence, including the agreement with Turkey, are not stopping people from trying to reach our countries. Instead, they prolong suffering and push people into the hands of smugglers and traffickers, who find even more dangerous entry routes. Read the entire statement here
In the above Joint Statement, the Heads of Caritas and JRS quote Pope Francis in support. I sent them a long diatribe pointing out errors and that they were betraying the West, the Church, and the people of Europe. I challenged them to publish my letter and refute it – so far they have not done so.
My letter (see below) is quite long:
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” “Jean-Marie.Carriere@jrs.net” 9 June 2016, 17:24
Subject: Migrants and the European Union
I note that you have yesterday, 8th June 2016, made a joint statement, in the name of your organisations, requesting the EU to remove the barriers to migrants arriving in Europe.
There are a number of reasons why these barriers should not be removed.
It is fair and reasonable, and an act of Christian charity, to assist refugees. However, it has been demonstrated that assistance to refugees is best provided as close to home as possible, preferably in a close neighbouring country. Lebanon and Jordan have taken very considerable numbers swelling the combined population of 14 million to around seventeen million. A sudden unplanned increase in population of over 20% puts a huge strain on the resources of these two fairly fragile countries. It would be a good thing to support these countries, and others, to the greatest extent possible in caring for refugees in situ, until such time as these genuine refugees may return home. It is here and in their own countries that assistance should be given, and not in any other manner or place.
The migrants who are illegally pushing their way into Europe are not, in the main, refugees. Approximately 90% of these migrants are superficially economic migrants who are seeking better conditions for themselves. They are leaving safe countries in order to push their way into countries where they will receive the benefits of housing, education, health care and a weekly income without doing anything in return. They will make no contribution to the countries which they invade because they are incapable of doing so. A German study has suggested that two-thirds of migrants are functionally illiterate in their own language.
They will therefore be an ongoing costly burden on the economies of the countries which receive them. This burden will increase as under “human rights” legislation enacted in most European countries they will be allowed to bring in family relatives increasing fourfold the numbers of such people, all wholly dependent on the largesse of those on whom they impose. In the not too distant future this will certainly become clearly seen as an unsustainable drag on the economies and citizens of those countries.
The economic migrants should receive no assistance as they are acting illegally and out of worldly selfishness at the very least. They are superficially economic migrants indeed, but many and probably most are jihadists, mobilised to invade. It would be overly disingenuous to avoid seeing this vast movement of Muslims for what it is, an invasion of the West. It is the jihad in action. Around 80% of these migrants are young men of military age. If these young men wore uniforms and carried black banners it would be clear beyond any doubt that they constitute an army. They are an army of Islam.
Their intention is that of Islam and that intention is, as it has always been, to take over the world, by fire and sword, or any means available.
They are not armed as they travel, it is true, but that is no disqualification. When soldiers of the British Army fly in passenger transport aircraft of the RAF their weapons do not fly with them. The weapons travel in other transports.
Their weapons will arrive later, but soon.
These men have mobile phones, an expensive item for penniless migrants, and a difficult one, considering that they have no income and no fixed abode. Have you not considered this?
The armies of Islam have attacked Europe in the past, and have held territories including Spain and Hungary for many long decades, suppressing the Faith in these regions. By great effort and determination and at great cost in money and blood the Muslims were expelled from Europe and their repeated attempts to conquer were met with courage and the sword. These defences of Christendom were just that. Without the actions of Charles Martel, Don John of Austria, Jan Sobieski of Poland and Graf von Starhemberg and many other brave and faithful men, the entirety of Europe would have fallen. Catholicism would have been crushed and the flowers of science, medicine and technology would never have bloomed, and countless millions of souls would have been lost to God.
Your exhortation to allow this modern army of Islam into the West is a betrayal of the West, of Europe and of civilisation. It is a betrayal of the Catholic Faith. The Catholic Church gives great importance to the Magisterium, which is backed by the historical teachings, thinking, debates and decisions of the theologians and clerics, of the Church Fathers, handed down the centuries since Christ founded His Church. This now reposes with the Pope and Bishops in union as you know. Yet the theological deposit of Faith would likely have perished without the strength of those who defended it by force of arms.
Why then do you give no importance to the actions of the Catholic heroes who defended the Church and the West? Why do you negate and spurn their heroism as if it was not only nothing, but even wrong? Why can you set yourself as having greater understanding and having a superior vision of the Church by attempting to reverse the actions of those Catholic soldiers who gave their lives that we might live in the freedom that we have now. A freedom that now permits you to embrace the enemies of the Bride of Christ?
The teaching of the Church in respect of “human rights” does not go so far as the modern human rights activists and lawyers would insist.
In 1942 Pius XII said, (men have):
“the right to maintain and develop one’s corporal, intellectual and moral life and especially the right to religious formation and education; the right to worship God in private and public and to carry on religious works of charity; the right to marry and to achieve the aim of married life; the right to conjugal and domestic society; the right to work, as the indispensable means toward the maintenance of family life; the right to free choice of a state of life, and hence, too, of the priesthood or religious life; the right to the use of material goods, in keeping with his duties and social limitations.”
“That each person has a right to a government which will protect these rights,
“The right to existence, the right to one’s good name, the right to one’s own culture and national character, the right to develop oneself, the right to demand observance of international treaties, and other like rights, are demanded by the law of nations, dictated by nature itself.”
Nowhere does His Holiness say that the “human rights” of contumacious interlopers take precedence over the “human rights” of the citizens of established and civilised countries.
It should be obvious then, that the “human rights” expounded by the United Nations and substantially endorsed by the Holy See do not include the right to forcibly or clandestinely enter another country and steal and defraud.
They also most certainly do include the right to defend one’s country and one’s people against invaders who would reshape its culture and character. That these migrants are even now changing both the culture and character of the countries of Europe is incontrovertibly true. This is no surmise as hideous evidence of this exists in France, the United Kingdom and many other countries and does not need to be searched out. It is plain and evident.
You say, “Like Pope Francis, Caritas dreams of a Europe that acknowledges the necessary contribution of migrants to our societies and commits to respecting the dignity of every human being,” (Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa).”
This is, without further qualification, utter nonsense. It is not any the less nonsense because the Holy Father supports it. On the contrary, in this vague way he has fallen into error and leads others astray.
You make requests of the Ministers of the Countries of the EU as if it were proper for them to give away willy-nilly the countries of the people of Europe. You make a case that the “human rights” of economic migrants extend to the right to make forcible demands that they be supported by the hapless citizens of Europe.
It would be no surprise if the supine and pusillanimous EU leaders cave in to all demands, even offering more of other peoples’ wealth. The incontinent demands of the importunate migrants are subtended by the moral blackmail of our secular leaders. The faith of the politicians who have Europe in their blind amoral grip is a faith in money. They forget that their responsibility is primarily towards their own citizens and so act against them.
Why do you side with the forces at work against the moral core of Western Christianity?
Why do you speak of encouraging the foot-soldiers of Islam to enter and overpower us?
Why do you work to betray all that we have striven to build over centuries?
I encourage and challenge you to publish this letter and refute it if you can.
Reply from Jorge Nuno Mayer, 14 June
Dear Mr. Paterson,
Thank you for sharing your concerns. Indeed Caritas in the Middle East and in many places around the world – where hatred is pushing people to flee from war, violence or hunger – are providing help to refugees coming from neighbouring countries. Those Caritas organisations are being supported by local staff and volunteers and also by Caritas organisations from all around the world. The Caritas family is committed to peace and supporting people in all the neighbouring countries.
But Caritas is there to implement the programme of the Good Samaritan, i.e. to help people in need wherever they are, without asking for their background. Also the Good Samaritan has not asked about the background, believes or behaviour of the beaten person. Let me also tell you that our experience at grassroots level in many European countries working with refugees and migrants doesn’t coincide with your figures and opinions. Caritas is attending many families, women, children, but also young men who are also suffering and are not attended by any other institution. We Christians believe in the message of Jesus, who commanded us to love, especially the poor, the migrants and even our enemies. Only the practice of love will bring peace to our world. Only the practice of love will bring the message of the Gospel to the last corner of the world, especially to the people who don’t believe in love. In our advocacy towards the EU and the governments we defend not an open borders model, but a humane treatment of any human being – humane treatment on their journey, at the borders, in our countries -, especially for the weakest in our societies. The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church through the different great Popes we had over the last decades has been very clear; Caritas doesn’t separate from this Teaching, we put it into practice.
Jorge Nuño Mayer
Now, what Mr Mayer says sounds exactly as it should, in line with a desire to assist those less fortunate. However, Europe is on the cusp of a demographic disaster. If we let people in, muslims, to add to the many millions here then within twenty years we will have destroyed the Europe in which we grew up. On a practical note migrants dilute the assets available for care of the population, and depress the wages of the natives. (No wage rises in 10 years in UK.)
Is it basic Christian charity to welcome incomers no matter whether they are refugees or economic migrants, or do you agree with Andrew that by essentially advocating unrestricted migration to EU countries, Caritas and JRS are ” betraying the West, the Church, and the people of Europe”?