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Catholics duty to resist politics of hate and exclusion – Justice and

first_imgThe Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta stated that it is the duty of Catholics to resist politics of hate and exclusion.In a statement on Thursday, the Justice and Peace Commission noted that there is an increase in support for far-right movements, some of which base their arguments on the need to protect our ‘Catholic identity’. It also noted recent statements made in the media by the Guardian for Future Generations who justified his call to exclude migrants and Muslims in particular by invoking his desire to live and ie in a Catholic country.The Commission observed that various forms of politics of exclusion are increasingly taking root. The Commission noted that forms of politics of exclusion which appealed to fears and anxieties about rapid cultural and demographic changes or more open to nationalistic and Islamophobic rhetoric, that represents the outsider as a social, economic and religious menace is common throughout. Further it stated that Malta has not been immune to these influences which it described as dangerous. The Commission remarked that such rhetoric has no philosophical or theological base in Christian tradition.The Commission reminded that the “Christian tradition helps shape a counter-narrative based on solidarity and hospitality as well as on our common humanity and dignity”.The Commission quoted Pope Francis address at the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences where he declared that ‘migrants are not a threat to culture, customs and values of a receiving nation.’ He had reminded the participants that the duty of Christians towards migrants can be articulated around four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG3093.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more