Shortly after the barbaric murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in London in 2013, the Archbishop of Canterbury made an astonishing public statement. Addressing an ‘inter-faith audience’ in Southall, London, he said ‘he did not want to live in a “monocultural” society.’ Brainwashed into believing the Church of England’s pro-immigration, pro-diversity propaganda, the wretched cleric found himself saying that he did not want to live in a Christian society.
All the more welcome, then, is the news of an outbreak of common sense among German church leaders. In contrast to German government policy of welcoming all the economic migrants the Third World can scrape together, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria wants to see Germany implement a ‘farewell culture’ [Abschiedskultur], with the concomitant repatriation [Rückführung] of migrants, and Munich’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx makes clear the migrants have no automatic right of abode: ‘We never said that all the people who have come here can remain here.’
For those migrants who do remain, Bishop Bedford-Strohm insists they adopt Western values such as the equality of the sexes, and Cardinal Marx argues that a knowledge of Christianity is indispensable for integrating into German society.
It’s to be hoped their words signal a genuine rethinking of the suicidal altruism which has bedevilled West European Christianity since the 1950s, and which has done incalculable damage to European civilization.