May 10, 2006

...assuming the asshole can read.

From The Brussels Journal ("all the news that never gets printed"):
Vatican Supports Church Occupations by Illegal Immigrants
From the desk of Paul Belien on Wed, 2006-05-10 15:46

Monsignor Karl-Josef Rauber, the Papal Nuncio (i.e. the Vatican’s Ambassador) to Belgium, supports the occupations of Belgian churches by illegal immigrants. “The Church has always sided with the weak,” the Nuncio says in today’s issue of the leftist newspaper De Morgen. With his statement the Nuncio comes out in support of the embattled Belgian Catholic Bishops. Hans Geybels, the spokesman of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the Primate of Belgium, said the Nuncio’s support is “a positive signal.”

During the past weeks the Belgian Bishops have allowed hundreds of squatters – so-called “sans-papiers” or “people without papers [=staying permits]” – to occupy over 20 Belgian churches and turn them into dormitories and Muslim places of prayer. The immigrants demand that they be allowed to stay in Belgium permanently.

Since the late 1990’s individual Belgian Catholic priests have been opening their churches and chapels to immigrants who by Belgian law are subject to expulsion. From the beginning the church occupation (or “church asylum”) movement shocked many conservative Catholics, who complained about the desecration of churches by men and women sharing beds in church, lighting fires and cooking on the floors, installing radios and televisions, removing altars and tabernacles, covering images of Saints and displaying banners with the name of Allah (see pictures here).
Five years later, in 2005, Belgian priests again began to offer “church asylum” to sans-papiers. This time the Belgian government refused to budge. Last March, however, when a group of 118 Afghan squatters in the Saint Boniface church in the Brussels suburb of Elsene threatened to go on hunger strike, the Home Secretary, Patrick Dewael, granted the 118 illegal immigrants residence permits. There was an ensuing rush on various churches. “The minister himself is to blame for this massive response,” says Father Didier Vanderslycke, one of the priests offering “church asylum.” According to Vanderslycke, “thousands” are looking for “asylum” in churches.

Last week several Belgian Bishops, including Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the Archbishop of Brussels, spoke out in favour of the “church asylum” movement. According to Monsignor Luc Van Looy, the Bishop of Ghent, the Bishops do not want to get involved in politics, but are supporting “social actions.”
One of the illegal immigrants squatting in an Antwerp chapel said last week: “We ask but a small piece of paper.” However, that “small piece of paper” gives entitlements to Belgium’s generous welfare benefits. Illegal immigrants are already entitled to “urgent medical care” at the expense of the Belgian taxpayers. The amount spent on healthcare for sans-papiers rose from 4.6 million euros in 2000 to 23.4 million euros in 2004.
More on this topic:

Allah Takes Over Catholic Church, 7 May 2006

Belgian Church Organizes Illegal Immigrants, 5 May 2006

Papal Nuncio Approves of Belgian Church Occupation
from The Dragon and the Phoenix on Wed, 2006-05-10 19:21
That's it. I now believe that things will not turn around until the Second Coming.

Update: Vatican blesses Muslim takeover of Belgian churches
from Hot Air on Wed, 2006-05-10 16:45

“The Church has always sided with the weak.”
The Sage from Texas, as outspoken, succinct and to the point as usual, writes:

*The Church has always sided with the weak*

WHAT a crock of shit! this is the sort of BS I'd expect from some liberal parochial school sophomore!


And not when the weakness is a spurious sham.

The CHURCH---at least the FAITH---if not the hierarchy---has always sided with TRUTH.

This man is a traitor to EVERYTHING! Somebody send him a copy of Dante's Inferno, assuming the asshole can read.