London Catholics celebrate diversity and call for fair treatment of migrants

The service combined a tone of celebration and activism. Photograph: Peter Walker

While it might be unfair to call the scene on Monday morning outside St George’s cathedral in Southwark a Ukip activist’s worst nightmare, there was certainly plenty on show to stoke the ire of anyone with trenchant views about immigration.

The slow procession entering the building snaked hundreds of metres down the street and encompassed many dozens of nationalities, variously indicated by flags, banners, scarves or items of national dress.

While inner London is hugely varied throughout – fewer than 40% of Southwark’s residents are of white British origin, half the average for England Wales – this was, however, a special occasion. It was the tenth anniversary Mass for Migrants, a service run by three Catholic dioceses to both celebrate diversity and call for fair treatment of incomers…


I can see being welcoming — up to a point. And that point is when those immigrants are going to do more damage to the society than good.  That very much depends who the immigrants are.

Christianity is not a suicide pact.

People have said this is hypocritical because Europeans came to the Americas and Australia. And it is true that there was a huge die-off from new diseases so the natives would have done better to completely reject us. But they were overwhelmed by the combination of diseases and technical superiority.

They lost that one. It happens. Christianity lost a huge amount to Islam. It is the story of history: one group replacing another, over and over, as far back as records go and no doubt much further back.  We can see the same behaviour is our close relatives, chimpanzees.  

Sorry, but I am not going to lie down and accept this if there any way I can stop it.

  • Billy

    these cultural suicide-bombers don’t understand hate. Love of humanity is only skin deep and tribal hate goes to the bone. They will create not a rhapsody in beige but a nation of tribes.

    • winniec

      Too true. Currently in North America, it’s now legal to hate white people.

  • winniec

    “Christianity is not a suicide pact.” – Frau Katze
    But Islam IS A SUICIDE PACT.
    “We love death.” – Mission statement of Islam

  • Dana Garcia

    I just did a google search and couldn’t find a map that clearly shows formerly Christian lands that are now Muslim. That is an image we need to have out there.

    I agree that Christianity is not a suicide pact, but too many Christians misinterpret the “turn the other cheek” idea into a political principle when it was meant as person-to-person only — at least that is my interpretation.

    Too much passivity toward evil means evil wins. We can’t have that.

    • Frau Katze

      I saw a good vid on it…if I could find it.

    • Frau Katze
    • Paulla

      I believe the whole of the Mediterranean rim countries were Christian, with Jewish, too, of course in the Holy Land area. The Mediterrean was a Christian sea. North Africa, Iberia and Near East, excepting Turkey, were conquered by Muslims.

  • winniec

    All churches will go along with the ‘fairness’ idea in England, the home of ‘fairness’. The English had better realize that CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME before they sell the farm as the INSANE SWEDES are presently doing.

  • Una Salus

    Christians who’ve learned nothing from the fate of Christians in the ME welcome their own eclipse. It’s in their nature.

    • Paulla

      I’m quite Christian, born and bred, but it’s not in my nature. I believe we must confront evil wherever we find it; and to give in when we have the ability to protect our lives is tantamount to suicide, which is forbidden, of course.

      • Una Salus

        I’m Christian too although not a very good one which is perhaps why it occurs to me that there’s something intrinsic to these people that makes them so delusional and so reluctant to identify enemies of faith.

  • What has Islam offered the West, in particular, United Kingdom?

    Catholicism has fought an uphill battle for its existence since Henry Tudor started his own band. Given that Catholicism is already universal, there is no need for it to adopt political multiculturalism, itself a dead-end.