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“Mass migration is ‘a new form of slavery’”, says Catholic cardinal Sarah “and the Bible shouldn’t be used to promote it !”

“Mass migration is ‘a new form of slavery’”, says Catholic cardinal Sarah “and the Bible shouldn’t be used to promote it !”
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A top African car­di­nal of the Catholic Church brand­ed mass migra­tion a “new form of slav­ery” and said those who seek to use the Bible to pro­mote migra­tion are push­ing a “false” inter­pre­ta­tion of the scriptures.

“It is a false exe­ge­sis to use the Word of God to pro­mote migra­tion. God nev­er want­ed these rifts,” Car­di­nal Robert Sarah said in a new inter­view with French pub­li­ca­tion Valeurs Actuelles.

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Sarah, who serves as the head of the Vat­i­can’s litur­gy office, is often named in tra­di­tion­al­ist cir­cles as their hope to one day suc­ceed Pope Fran­cis. He’s fre­quent­ly made waves with his more con­ser­v­a­tive stances on litur­gi­cal prac­tices, Islam, migra­tion and oth­er issues.

Those posi­tions were on full dis­play in the French arti­cle, in which Sarah, from Guinea, blast­ed priests and bish­ops who “say fuzzy things, vague, impre­cise, to escape crit­i­cism, and they mar­ry the stu­pid evo­lu­tion of the world.” On Europe, Sarah said that the Church should not coop­er­ate with the increas­ing accep­tance by politi­cians of mass migra­tion into the tra­di­tion­al­ly Chris­t­ian continent.

“All migrants who arrive in Europe are pen­ni­less, with­out work, with­out dignity…This is what the Church wants?” he asked. “The Church can not coop­er­ate with this new form of slav­ery that has become mass migra­tion. If the West con­tin­ues in this fatal way, there is a great risk that, due to a lack of birth, it will dis­ap­pear, invad­ed by for­eign­ers, just as Rome has been invad­ed by barbarians.”

Sarah added: “My coun­try is pre­dom­i­nant­ly Mus­lim. I think I know what real­i­ty I’m talk­ing about.”

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Sarah’s com­ments are in stark con­trast to those from Pope Fran­cis on the sub­ject. Fran­cis has repeat­ed­ly stressed the val­ue of migra­tion and has encour­aged Euro­pean coun­tries, in par­tic­u­lar, to open their bor­der to flows of migrants com­ing from the third world.

Last week, he spoke in Moroc­co, the main des­ti­na­tion for sub-Saha­ran African migrants seek­ing to reach Europe via Spain, and fre­quent­ly men­tioned migration.

“The issue of migra­tion will nev­er be resolved by rais­ing bar­ri­ers, foment­ing fear of oth­ers or deny­ing assis­tance to those who legit­i­mate­ly aspire to a bet­ter life for them­selves and their fam­i­lies,” Fran­cis said.

He also praised Morocco’s efforts to allow reli­gious coex­is­tence and to pro­mote mod­er­ate forms of Islam.

But Sarah is much more skep­ti­cal of whether the Church should be open to immi­gra­tion. He cit­ed the exam­ple of Poland, a Catholic coun­try that has strict immi­gra­tion poli­cies, and said he had urged it not to sac­ri­fice its Pol­ish and Catholic iden­ti­ties “on the altar of a tech­no­crat­ic and state­less Europe.”

“She is free to tell Europe that every­one was cre­at­ed by God to be placed in a spe­cif­ic place, with its cul­ture, tra­di­tions, and his­to­ry,” he told the paper. “This cur­rent desire to glob­al­ize the world by sup­press­ing nations, speci­fici­ties, is pure madness.”

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In the inter­view, he urged Europe to avoid embrac­ing mate­ri­al­ism and for­get­ting its Chris­t­ian her­itage, warn­ing that it could lead to the extinc­tion of Europe itself.

“If Europe dis­ap­pears, and with it the invalu­able val­ues of the old con­ti­nent, Islam will invade the world,” Sarah said. “And we will total­ly change cul­ture, anthro­pol­o­gy, and moral vision.”

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