German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

(CNS) The president of the German bishops’ conference urged “verbal disarmament” after Sept. 24 elections brought a far-right party into the Bundestag, or parliament, for the first time since World War II.

“Our parliament has a special dignity which must take priority in political confrontations,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising.

“For Christians, who’ll be present in all parties, topics of fundamental importance will include dealing with foreigners seeking our protection and with our society’s poor and disadvantaged. … In the common struggle for the right path, black-and-white images of hate and exclusion aren’t appropriate.”

The cardinal spoke as the final vote count gave Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union coalition 33 percent against the opposition Social Democratic Party’s 20.5 percent. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany took third place with 12.6 percent. [More]


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