Though Pope Francis has been a vocal advocate for pro-immigrant policies, a statement he made Monday seems to indicate that he might be growing a little troubled about the imploding migrant situation in Europe. In an address Monday, Francis warned that the large influx of asylum seekers—which are largely Muslims from terror-plagued regions—threatened to undermine Europe's "humanistic spirit."
"The present wave of migration seems to be undermining the foundations of that 'humanistic spirit' which Europe has always loved and defended," said Pope Francis in an annual address to diplomats at the Vatican Monday.
"The present wave of migration seems to be undermining the foundations of that 'humanistic spirit' which Europe has always loved and defended."
Francis tempered his warning by expressing confidence that Europe's "great cultural and religious heritage" would help it strike the right "balance" between protecting its people and customs and welcoming migrants, though he admitted there would be "inevitable difficulties."
"Europe, aided by its great cultural and religious heritage, has the means to defend the centrality of the human person and to find the right balance between its two-fold moral responsibility to protect the rights of its citizens and to ensure assistance and acceptance to migrants," said the Pope.
As The Daily Wire has chronicled, the massive influx of largely Muslim asylum seekers into Europe has many officials growing increasingly troubled, particularly after a wave of sexual assaults by Middle Eastern and North African migrants that swept through several European cities last week and a larger trend of rising rape and crime rates in some countries traced to expanding migrant populations.
Despite growing public outrage and having already accepted over a million asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa last year, many European officials appear to be committed to their "compassionate" refugee policies.