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Today, the Hungarian Bishops’ Conference released a declaration as follows: 

“The Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference asked in harmony with pope Francis the Catholic Caritas organisation to provide assistance to the needy in cooperation with the public authorities.  The Conference should seek as it has done so far for the most efficient ways of assistance, given in the current legal and humanitarian circumstances.  Being aware of the seriousness of the current historic situation, we express our concerns about the fate of our Christian brothers in the Near East.  We emphasise at the same time that the nation state has the right and duty to protect its citizens.  Done at Budapest on 3 September 2015.“ 

 

(„A Magyar Katolikus Püspöki Konferencia a rászorulók megsegítésére – Ferenc pápával egységben – felkérte a Katolikus Karitászt, hogy az állami hatóságokkal együttműködve – miként eddig is – az adott jogi és humanitárius helyzetben keresse a segítségnyújtás leghatékonyabb módjait. A jelen történelmi helyzet súlyának tudatában aggodalmunkat fejezzük ki közel-keleti keresztény testvéreink sorsa iránt. Ezzel egyidejűleg hangsúlyozzuk, hogy az államok joga és kötelessége megvédeni polgáraikat.  Budapest, 2015. szeptember 3.“) 

 

There is a series of questions that are uploaded, while reading the above declaration: 

- Is it really the bishops of the Hungarian Catholic church who are „looking for the ways of how to provide assistance“? 

- Is the church duly doing what it it has done so far? 

- Do the Hungarian bishops worry about the Christians in the NearEast?  We believe them.  And what will happen to our other sisters and brothers who are not Christians, but bear immense misery and pains in the Near East? 

- It is a duty of the national government to protect the interests of its citizens, indeed.  It remains a question, however: do the Hungarians have a government of protection that has in fact been busy so far with raising hostility and feud against the innocent, instead of doing what would be its duty by constitution: to work for peace among citizens? 

The Hungarian government and Hungarian Catholic bishops have found each other.  Congratulations.  It is the only problem that meanwhile man is humiliated, and truth, justice, equity and mercy fall down. 

 

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean (Matthew, 23, 17);  Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble (Luke, 17, 1-2) 

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