The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in “all the world’s needy,” according to an interview published Saturday.
Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and Berlin has not yet given an official estimate for how many it expects this year.
“As a church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, told the Passauer Neue Presse daily.
Germany cannot “take in all the world’s needy,” Marx added.
The question of how to respond to the migrant crisis, he asserted, should not solely be a matter of “charity but also reason.”
Not cleared with the Pope, we presume.