Hungarian Bishop: Pope Francis Wrong About Refugees, Says It's An 'Invasion'

| by Sean Kelly
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A prominent Hungarian Bishop spoke out against Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to help the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees making their way into Europe.

“They're not refugees. This is an invasion,” Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo said on Sept. 21, according to the Washington Post. “They come here with cries of 'Allahu Akbar.' They want to take over."

Kiss-Rigo added that the continent is being overrun by nonbelievers who pose as refugees and threaten Europe’s “Christian, universal values.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, also expressed his concern about the incoming migrants being a threat to Europe’s Christian leanings.

“I’m in total agreement with the prime minister,” Kiss-Rigo said, adding that he feels the pope “doesn’t know the situation.”

Many of the refugees, Kiss-Rigo added, don’t deserve help because they “have money” and often refuse food and aid offered to them by humanitarian workers. 

“Most of them behave in a way that is very arrogant and cynical,” he said.

On Sept. 20, Pope Francis spoke of the crisis while appearing in St. Peter’s Square, calling on parishes, monasteries and convents to be “neighbors” to the refugees.

“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be [neighbors] to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,” he said. 

“It's not enough to say 'Have courage, hang in there,'" he added.

Sources: Christian Today, Washington Post / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons