Pandemics and migration will have a serious impact on European Christian democracy over the next decade, says Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Told Croatian daily Glas koncila in an interview published on Thursday.
Regarding the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Hungary in September, Orbán said that “problems of protocol” had arisen over the Pope’s visit “which … anti-Christian and anti-Church forces have targeted”. Pope Francis will be received with respect and “Christian humility” in Hungary as head of state of the Vatican and of the Catholic Church, he said.
The Hungarian government and the pontiff have disagreements over the migration issue, Orbán said. “We are fiercely opposed to migration, while the Catholic Church has its own opinion”, which had given rise to reports that Pope Francis and Orbán “did not see each other” and “did not want to meet” , did he declare.
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Meanwhile, Orbán said Hungary’s “spirit” has undergone a radical change over the past three decades. “Life has more value but it is not yet receiving the full respect it deserves,” he said. “Hungary is a secular state that is looking for its way to God,” he said.
Hungary has a “strong and organized community of atheists, anti-clerics and liberals who have strong media who do everything in their power to hinder the spread of Christian values,” Orbán said. At the same time, “Christian media and civil organizations are at least as strong if not stronger, and we hold the political positions,” he added.
Christianity is “not a question of religion but of predetermination,” Orbán said.
A war of cultures and civilizations is underway. The war for the spirit and the future of Europe is waged here and now. We need prayer for the unity of Christians, because Christianity cannot be sustained in Europe without cooperation ”
The great achievements of Christian civilization will have to be sustained, he said.
On migration, he said that instead of motivating migrants to stay away from their countries of origin, they should be helped to return as quickly as possible, and this position should be reflected in European policy, whether this either in terms of military activities, economic intervention, stabilization or the promotion of the creation of normal living conditions in the regions concerned.
Migration, he added, does not take place spontaneously, but is organized according to political and commercial interests, with the result that “Muslim masses are brought to the European continent”.
Countries that fail to protect themselves, he said, would be unrecognizable in 20 years. “To swim in multicultural currents is to lose everything that is important in life.
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Orbán said that while Hungary paid a high price for refusing to sign the Istanbul Convention or “supporting Cold War policies” – as well as for refusing to join the West for ” kick “the Russian president, for protecting the Christian family model instead of providing” room for LGBT madness “- much more would be lost by abandoning these principles.
Westerners, he insisted, are content to live in a post-national, post-Christian world and “want us to do the same.” But a regional cooperation counterweight was needed, he said, to protect national and Christian cultures.
Orbán said the attacks on these values emanated from Brussels and were linked to liberal American political and economic forces.
The EU, he said, includes member states on an equal footing, but France and Germany “form an axis and apply their own will”. “Sometimes it coincides with the interests of Central Europe; to others it conflicts with them.
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Central Europe needs the force to pursue its own interests, he said. Central European countries are for nation states because democracy “can only take place within a national framework”. “Western Europe prefers an empire based in Brussels,” Orbán added.
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