Bishops and other leaders of Czech churches on migration
Statement of the Czech Bishopsʼ Conference
and representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches
in the Czech Republic on the topical issue of migration
As Catholic bishops of the Bohemian and Moravian dioceses and members of the chairmanship of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, we feel that solidarity is urgently needed with victims of war and religious hatred, but at the same time we see fears of our society from receiving migrants in Europe.
We realize that this solidarity must be accompanied by responsibility and the problem must be addressed in the context of the European situation. We are also convinced that a difference must be made between refugees afflicted by wars, hunger or instability, who need our help without doubts, and economic migrants.
That is why we appeal on the government of the Czech Republic to tackle the problem with resolution. The Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic want to take part not only by supporting dialog, but also by active help to the neighbours whose lives are in danger and fall victims to xenophobic views or hysteria.
Within the cooperative relations between the State and the churches, we offer to the Czech government that we would call on our parishes and congregations to receive families of Christian migrants after the agreement with local authorities and with the help of local charity and Diakonia facilities. In this way we are ready to help actively in the integration of these migrants and thus create a space for the enrichment of our society. At the same time we are open to seeking other forms of help.