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Universal Judgment and Migration Policy
Some time ago, Hans Maier expressed concern about whether the Church had “unnecessarily discovered human rights.” “Faced with pressing problems, does it want to take refuge in an intra-ecclesial ethic?” The scholar was criticizing an article by Viennese exegete, Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger, according to whom the duty to care should be limited to “brothers and sisters” as per Jesus’ discourse on the Last Judgment (cf. Matt 25:31-46), i.e., brothers and sisters in faith.

The controversy involved Church statements on debates around migration policy and the events and protests of the years 2015 and 2016. As is well known, on the night of September 4-5, 2015, Angela Merkel, after consulting with the Austrian federal chancellor at the time, Werner Faymann, decided not to close the German borders leading from southern Europe to Austria and Germany. This decision found a great deal of support from the Church and theologians, as well as in a “culture of welcome” lived out with commitment in many Church communities.

The “culture of welcome” is a concept that, just to name it in other circles, aroused disquiet and provoked violent invective against what some perceived as “do goodism.”
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