Archbishop of Vienna, considered second-in-line to pope, reveals ‘we try to stand up against anti-Israel tendencies in Europe.’
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna who is considered second-in-line to Pope Francis, gave a special interview to Arutz Sheva at the sidelines of a convention of the Conference of European Rabbis in Vienna.
Schönborn began by calling Jews and Catholics in Austria ”neighbors” and ”friends,” noting that ”it’s less than half-a-kilometer between the synagogue and the cathedral (in Vienna), and that’s not only geographical it’s also spiritual.”
Regarding European hostility to Israel, he said, ”I don’t think you will hear from the Catholic church such voices. We have such a good and close relation to not only to the Jewish people, but especially to the state of Israel.”
”There are political tendencies in Europe…and it’s good to stand up against them, (which is) what we try to do, but we have only one voice but I hope that voice is heard,” said Schönborn.
In a biting comment on the BDS movement seeking to boycott the Jewish state, the Cardinal said, ”I think it is not only false, it’s stupid.”
The Ottoman conquest of Europe was stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683. Today, Europe is being conquered without a battle. Listen to ”Maria.”
Last September, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and expected to be the next Pope, denounced the possibility of “an Islamic conquest of Europe”:
“Many Muslims want to see that and say that ‘Europe is finished,’” Cardinal Schönborn said, before accusing Europe of “forgetting its Christian identity”.
Now it is the turn of an ordinary Iraqi Christian. She warned Austrian lawmakers that Islamic asylum seekers want to take over Austrian society and that they could succeed in two decades.
As Breitbart reported, quoting the newspaper Kronen Zeitung, “Maria” spoke to Austrian television about her personal experiences with Muslim asylum seekers living in asylum homes where she volunteered as a counsellor. “Religion is the core of every conversation”, she said.
“Maria” gave a warning to Austrian lawmakers saying that countries like Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were moderately liberal societies 40 to 50 years ago but have radically changed. “The politicians must intervene, otherwise Austria will be – in a maximum of 20 years – as Afghanistan is today”.
It is not only an Islamic fantasy. It is becoming a fact. Konrad Presendorfer, head of the Austrian Office of Statistics, said that by 2030, 40% of the population of Vienna will be foreign-born, thanks to demography and migration flows. Muslim students, according to recent statistics, already outnumber Roman Catholic students at middle and secondary schools in Vienna.
Two years ago, before the wave of migrants, a study by the Vienna-based Wirel Project explained that in only 30 years time, one third of the capital will be Catholic and the proportion of Muslims will almost double to 21 percent. And as Austria’s leading newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported last April, “in less than 30 years, Muslims could become the largest religious group in Vienna”. It is the result of a study published by the prestigious Vienna Institute of Demography.
Muslims don’t need to become the majority to change a society. But above all, as the US journalist Rod Dreher said, “one gets the impression that today’s European liberals are ashamed that the armies of the Christian West prevailed and broke the Ottoman Siege of Vienna”.
It is far from certain this time, that Vienna can be saved again. Or that it wants to.
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