Austrian Cardinal: ‘We Can’t Accommodate All Refugees’

Austrian Cardinal: ‘We Can’t Accommodate All Refugees’


The ‘spiritual son’ of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is calling for a European solution to the migrant crisis.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, admitted on Austrian television last Friday that he was rethinking his stance on the migrant crisis. During a Christmas discussion program with Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Bünker, the archbishop said an “unbelievable number” of migrants are causing a “feeling of overcrowding” in Austrian society. The cardinal pointed to the rise of the anti-immigrant Austrian Freedom Party as a sign that the “country is worried” and said he’s no longer convinced that Austria should accept all refugees.

Instead, he stated that Europe needs to develop a common strategy to support nations in Africa and the Middle East so migrants can live peaceably in their own homeland. In the December 23 discussion, Cardinal Schönborn said (Trumpet translation throughout):

Sure, in the beginning, I also said, with [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel: “We can do it!” And many important experts in Austria said, “We can do it!” … We then realized that there is another dimension, and we need common European plans; we need more help on the ground. In the meantime, I believe this is clear: We cannot accommodate all refugees. We must first see that they can find and live in their homeland again.

Bünker agreed with Schönborn and added that terrorism was both a cause and consequence of the migrant crisis.

“Now it is very strongly claimed: Refugees bring terrorism,” said Bünker. “At the same time, one must also say that terrorism brings refugees! Most people on the run are fleeing precisely from this kind of terrorism, which we now have experienced in Nice and Berlin. I am thinking of the Christian communities in Syria, where many have fled the country because they have come between the fronts and become victims of terrorism.”

While Cardinal Schönborn and Bishop Bünker were vague about what steps Europeans should take to make it possible for migrants to “live in their homeland again,” they both agreed that the long-term solution to the migrant crisis was a united European response to the turmoil currently gripping Africa and the Middle East.

These remarks carry added significance due to the high-profile status of Cardinal Schönborn within the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican watchers have called Schönborn the “spiritual son” of Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi and indicated that he has a realistic chance of becoming the next pope. As a member of the Austrian noble family of Schönborn-Buchheim-Wolfstahl, he has deep connections to the aristocracy of the old Holy Roman Empire. In 2011, he conducted the funeral service for Otto von Habsburg, the last crown prince of Austria-Hungary.

Last September, Schönborn spoke on the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, when a Habsburg emperor defended Vienna from an invading force of Ottoman Turks. He used this occasion to warn about “a third attempt at an Islamic conquest of Europe” if Europeans don’t return to their “Christian roots.”

The idea that a united Europe should fight against Islamic terrorism so that migrants can “live in their homeland again” heralds the fulfillment of two Bible prophecies that the Philadelphia Trumpet has proclaimed for over two decades.

The first prophecy, recorded in Daniel 11:40, shows that Jesus Christ’s Second Coming will be precipitated by a colossal clash of civilizations. The scripture reads, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the southpush at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

In his free booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains that the king of the south refers to radical Islam led by Iran. The king of the north is a German-led superstate now being built in Europe that will operate under the overarching influence of the Catholic Church.

The key word in Daniel 11:40 is push, which in Hebrew means to gore, thrust at or wage war. The king of the south will goad the king of the north into war and be destroyed in a blitzkrieg-style invasion.

The second prophecy, recorded in Psalm 83, shows that the end-time Assyrians will make an alliance with the Edomites, Ishmaelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Gebalites, Hagarenes and others to destroy the nations of Israel. As Mr. Flurry explains in The King of the South, this is an end-time prophecy about Germany allying with a confederation of anti-Iranian Arabic and Turkish regimes in a bid to destroy end-time Israel, particularly America, Britain and the Jewish state. This confederation won’t fully form until after the king of the south has been destroyed.

Schönborn and Bünker highlighted the need for Europe to deal with the problem of radical Islamic terrorism before it can solve the migrant crisis in a way that will allow Germany to maintain a working relationship with pro-European Arabic and Turkish regimes across the Middle East. While this might sound positive, the Bible makes plain that this alliance will ultimately wreak staggering devastation on the nations of end-time Israel in the time just before Jesus Christ’s return.

To understand these world-changing prophecies, study The King of the South booklet for yourself.

President Obama’s Last Assault on Israel and a Nativity Scene That Predates Christ by 3,000 Years

President Obama’s Last Assault on Israel and a Nativity Scene That Predates Christ by 3,000 Years

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United States President Barack Obama took his parting shot at Israel last Friday by directing the U.S. to abstain from a vote condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The U.S. traditionally uses its veto power to support its ally in the Middle East. This recent move, however, exposes the Obama administration’s real attitude toward Israel. Listen to Stephen Flurry discuss the administration’s latest snub on today’s show.

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Week in Review: Berlin Attack, China’s Drone Theft, Iraq Concedes to Iran, America Sidelined in Syria, and Much More

Week in Review: Berlin Attack, China’s Drone Theft, Iraq Concedes to Iran, America Sidelined in Syria, and Much More

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Berlin attack

  • One analyst characterized the December 19 Berlin terrorist attack that killed 12 people and injured 48 as Germany’s 9/11.
  • If it is indeed Germany’s 9/11, howbeit on a much smaller scale, how will the terror-stricken nation respond?
  • Iran’s control over the Iraqi-Syrian border

  • The Iranian-directed Shiite militias, known as Popular Mobilization Units (pmu), are reportedly seeking deployment to maintain the Iraq-Syria border.
  • “This raises several questions,” wrote Al Monitor. One of those questions is: “Is this demand part of the plan to secure the route Iran wants to establish from its border with Iraq all the way to the Syrian-Iraqi border?”
  • In a 2003 article titled “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “[T]hough the current U.S. administration is vowing not to allow an Iranian-style theocracy to gain hold in Iraq, there are also signs in the way it is rebuilding the country that show a fundamental lack of political will to see this pledge through. Perhaps it will not be during the term of the current president, but the Bible shows that America will fail to contain Iran the way it hopes to.”
  • China: Stealing all it can before January 20?

  • Last week, a Chinese naval vessel seized an underwater United States drone that was operating in the South China Sea.
  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump responded by tweeting: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters—rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.”
  • The National Review wrote on December 20 that the incident suggests “Beijing is seizing all the territory it can—while it can.”
  • As Mr. Flurry wrote in the July Trumpet, China’s increasingly belligerent behavior is “steering the world toward war.”
  • America: Missing in Syrian peace talks

  • For 18 months, the United States has tried desperately to corral international players to bring an end to the Syrian Civil War.
  • Its efforts have largely fallen flat.
  • This week, three of the most important players in Syria—Iran, Turkey and Russia—met to discuss Syria’s future.
  • The United States wasn’t even invited.
  • CNN fans hatred toward police

  • cnn is making a desperate pitch to further inflame the ideological war on cops while it still has a sympathetic ear in the White House,” wrote political commentator and author Heather MacDonald.
  • “The cnn website is promoting a laughably incomplete study of police use of fatal force ….” The study was incomplete because it did not factor in crime rates, and it has the overall effect of mischaracterizing law enforcement officials.
  • We wrote in our April Trumpet: “The nation’s police are being undermined in ways that will prove devastating to our cities in particular.”
  • Other news:

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on Thursday recapping his country’s 2016 military accomplishments, saying it is the most powerful on Earth but urging the nation to boost its nuclear arsenals.
  • Following the Berlin attack, United States President-elect Donald Trump said he stands by his plan to ban immigrants from high-risk countries from entering the United States. “I’ve been proven to be right,” he said. “One-hundred-percent correct.”
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    Once Again, the German Question

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    All eyes are on Germany. How will German Chancellor Angela Merkel respond to the terrorist attack in Berlin? How will the German people react to Ms. Merkel’s stance on immigration? All of Europe is anxiously waiting to see. “The question of Europe now,” as George Friedman wrote, “is again the question of Germany, or what it wants, what it fears, what it will and won’t do.” On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, Stephen Flurry uses history and Bible prophecy to explain what Germany’s next move will be and why this will affect the entire world.

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