Hungarian Christians urge churches to end silence on refugees
Hungarian lay Catholics have circulated a petition, signed by members of other denominations, urging their country’s Churches to stop ‘closing their eyes’ to the plight of refugees.
‘We are aware the refugee crisis has become a major topic of daily politics in today’s Hungary, and that leaders of the historic Churches have declared they do not wish to get involved in political disputes,’ said the petition, signed by more than 540 prominent figures.
‘However, the Church of Christ cannot legitimately stay silent in the face of lawlessness, human rights infringements and violence. We count on our religious superiors to lead communities of reconciliation and peace.’
‘Christian believers are observing the growing xenophobia in our country as the laws and public attitudes change,’ the 500-word petition said.
It said Hungary’s new Asylum Act, which took effect on 28th March, permitted refugees, including unaccompanied children, to be herded into transit zones on the Serbian border.
Picture: A razor-wire or barbed-wire fence is seen in 2016 near the Austrian-Hungarian border station in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Hungarian lay Catholics have circulated a petition, signed by members of other denominations, urging their country’s Churches to stop ‘closing their eyes’ to the plight of refugees. (CNS photo/Christian Bruna, EPA).Tags: Asylum Act, Hungarian, Hungary, refugee, refugees