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One of the criticisms of Pope Francis’s unrelenting calls for the United States and European nations to accept migrants, particularly those from war-torn areas like Syria, has been the hypocrisy evident by his comfortable life behind thick, high, guarded Vatican walls. It’s one thing to teach something, but quite another to lead by example.
Lately, however, the Pope has arguably been practicing what he has been preaching, at least to some degree. On Saturday, after a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, he flew 12 “randomly selected” migrants from three families with him back to the Vatican. They will join eight others from two families who have already been given asylum there. In September, while calling for every European monastery, parish, and shrine to accept at least two refugee families, the Pope invited the two families to come and live inside Vatican walls – one housed in St. Peter’s Basilica and the other at St. Anne’s.
Because everyone knows that housing two families inside a 110 acre walled enclave with many buildings and almost 1,000 other people is exactly the same thing as a parish of 60 people bunking two refugee families in the parsonage, right?
With the addition of the additional 12 migrants, however, the Pope has upped the ante. In fact, numbers wise, if Europe were to accept the equivalent of the 20 migrants tiny Vatican City has adopted they would need to accept 6 million refugees.
Of course, all the Pope’s migrants are families – the kind with wives and children. Some aren’t even Muslim. (Now that’s cheating!)
None of the coverage I looked at mentioned this, but I’d also bet my prayer rug that they were also quite highly screened. In other words, he didn’t accept 20 male paperless twenty-somethings in search of a “better life.” You know, like the ones we saw pouring across the Hungarian border a few months ago, the ones responsible for the rash of rapes across Europe the mainstream media is loath to report on. (Apparently it’s our “Christian duty” to give them a “better wife” too, but that’s another article.)
But at any rate, Europe and America are supposed to ignore the tremendous societal problems brought by merging two entirely different and incompatible cultures, one backward and repressive and the other free and advanced, and let them in because it’s the “Christian thing to do.”
If by “Christian” they mean certifiably insane, it could be true.
Nobody knows what the Vatican’s long-term plans are for these folks, but my guess is they probably won’t involve opening up a mosque right across the street from St. Peter’s Basilica.
But then again, with this Pope, who knows?
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