Cologne cathedral official shocked by New Year’s Eve violence

The consequence of the disastrous immigration policy of Frau Merkel.

By Staff Reporter of CATHOLIC HERALD, posted Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016


Hundreds of men committed sexual assaults and robberies near the cathedral

The provost of Cologne Cathedral has called on people to not “jump to conclusions” after hundreds of youths rampaged through the city on New Year’s Eve.

The incident, in which men, reportedly of Arab or North African appearance, sexually assaulted and robbed several dozen women, and allegedly committed a rape, has shocked Germany. Similar incidents were reported in Stuttggart and Hamburg.

The assaults took place close to Cologne cathedral, where last January the lights were turned off in solidarity with migrants, after a rally by the Right-wing Pegida organisation.

In a statement yesterday Provost Fr Gerd Bachner said: “The news of the violence on New Year’s Eve in front of the Cologne Central Station, in the immediate vicinity of the cathedral, has shocked me. I am concerned that people who wanted to celebrate the beginning of the New Year in our peaceful town were attacked in this way.

“It is clear that such incidents are unacceptable and I am glad that Mayor Henriette Reker immediately convened a crisis summit with the police and other leaders of the city. We must now act prudently and it is especially important to carefully investigate the incidents and not jump to conclusions. On this basis, I am confident that the city, together with the police, will take appropriate measures to ensure that such a thing does not happen again.”

In the last year, following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s change of policy towards migrants, almost one million immigrants have entered Germany.

The mayor of Cologne, who last January turned off the bridge lights in support for migrants, yesterday said women should adopt a “code of conduct” to avoid being assaulted. Henriette Reker said the code was designed ” so that such things do not happen to them.”

For further reading on the incident see:

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20 Responses to Cologne cathedral official shocked by New Year’s Eve violence

  1. I don’t know where this subhead comes from, “The consequence of the disastrous immigration policy of Frau Merkel.” It doesn’t appear at the beginning of the article in The Catholic Herald. Wherever it originates, though, it expresses a truth that is at present very politically incorrect here in Germany.

    As an American observer, I have to say that I personally am afraid the incidents in Cologne, Stuttgart, and Hamburg are, unfortunately, only the beginning of a long series of such events that is going to stretch far into the future.

    There are Turks living in Berlin who came to Germany as “guest workers” fifty years ago and who have never been been integrated into German society and never been granted German citizenship. Many of their children and grandchildren, although born in Germany, are in a similar position. And now the ruling party, the CDU, expects to integrate a million immigrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, few of whom even speak English, much less German?

    One can only wish them much luck with that effort. They have their work cut out for them. Almost all of the migrants are adherents of a religion that teaches them NOT to become a part of society in a land of a lesser breed of people, a land of infidels and unbelievers.


  2. Michael says:

    The most shocking thing about this is for me is that the events went unreported for so long! There seems to be an embarrassed, desperate attempt by Western governments and the mainstream media (well, the majority thereof) to avoid any suggestion that our approach to border control/multiculturalism over the last few decades might not have been that well thought through.

    And despite incidents like that in Rochdale in the UK, they still don’t want to just bite the bullet and confront the issue – it’s much more important to maintain the facade of a happy, free-and-easy rainbow land where everyone mixes perfectly and loves one another all the time than face reality:

    Meanwhile, in the UK, officials continue to go out of their way to perpetuate this very fantasy through divisive special pleading measures and in doing so alienate the vast majority of its citizens:


  3. Michael says:

    A couple of good articles on the other effects of Merkel’s policy* (from September last year) here. They are brief but get to the main issues with her approach pretty clearly:

    *The effects pertinent to the events in Cologne are well described by Robert above – migrants introduced to a country in unprecedented (and now ridiculous) numbers, from a culture that has little respect for our way of life and has little intention of adapting to it either. What could go wrong eh?


  4. M P P says:

    The criminals all spoke Arabic BUT….don’t jump to conclusion!! So what it they looked Arab or North African….the women should have been home in their burqas.


  5. kathleen says:

    @ Robert John

    This subhead is a CP&S comment, placed above the Catholic Herald article so as to indicate that is does not come from them. It is, as you say, the “truth”, with the idiot Merkel opening the floodgates to an islamic invasion of her country. Your comment is also refreshingly truthful.

    Why are we Europeans, and our media outlets, such spineless cowards in trying to hush up the evident fact that this horrific mass (organised?) sexual attack on so many women in those German cities on New Year’s Eve was committed by Muslim immigrants who despise western women and see them as no more than sex objects (or as ‘kaffir’ as they call it)? They may even think they have every right to treat western women in this vile way.

    Michael quite rightly brings up the disgraceful Rochdale case in the UK as a comparison, where thousands of young white girls were sexually abused and raped over years by older Pakistani sex-trafficking thugs. Despite numerous complaints from their families and the girls themselves, no action was taken either by the police or the social services… all in the name of some idiotic PC correctness and fears of accusations of ‘racism’! (The girls were white westerners and the men were Middle Eastern Muslims.) When the thing finally came to a head and the perpetrators were arrested, it was also discovered that the rest of the Muslim community knew all about it all along too, but had done nothing to put a stop to it. That’s how low they hold the value of the young women of the countries they have invaded!

    Looks like these problems of islamic sexual abuse and exploitation of European women will only increase as time goes by.


  6. kathleen says:

    M P P, you bring up a very good point – that of “victim blaming”!

    It is really appalling, and adds insult to injury to all those women who suffered at the hands of those sex-crazed maniacs on New Year’s Eve, that Cologne’s female mayor suggests women “should adopt a ‘conduct of code’ to avoid being assaulted”!
    Is she saying they might have been asking for it?

    Of course modesty in dress is right and good, and Christian… but really that is beside the point here.


  7. toadspittle says:

    This is a difficult and incendiary topic, so it’s good to air it.
    Coincidentally, I’m re-reading a bit of Faulkner right now, and the attitudes expressed here are not dissimilar to those voiced, and acted on, by white Southerners towards the blacks only 60-odd years ago.
    Raping and assaulting people is a crime. I don’t know if the Koran encourages it, but I suppose it’s possible – all depending on how it’s interpreted. In The Holy Bible, God clearly encouraged the Israelites to do it, however. A fact not lost on virtually all colonising nations in the past, or in The Deep South.

    [CP&S moderator writes: The second half of this comment and a follow up comment have been deleted for containing nothing but an endless worn out tirade of relativism.]


  8. Robert says:

    Its difficult really to know where to begin with this. Perception of what is a man and what is a woman and the religious perceptive?
    The stories of the final days of the World War II in German are replete with rapine and assault, are always passed over and frankly it seems excused by the allied Media.
    St Augustine in the book City Of God actually deals with similar ancient incidents of rapine etc..

    The article is implying a crowd mentality and a common link Arabic (and hence Islam).
    Divorce under the Old Dispensation and the so called Abrahamic Faiths

    The best starting place is Genesis and the Creator who used the same flesh material for Adam and Eve. But the clay may have been the same but the design and Creation are totally different between Man and Woman.

    Lets try and see God’s perception and especially Christ’s. Well start with the Our Father.
    When a Man is praying the Our Father it is a Son talking to His Father.
    When a Woman is praying the Our Father it is a daughter talking to her Father.

    Is the Son the same as the Daughter? Does the Father Love the Son more than the Daughter?

    If you are a Naturalist and Modernist then the soul and perception of Son and Daughter become a mish mash of nonsense and you end up with the a Society that perverts marriage and relationships into beastility

    We must look at Man and Woman through God’s eyes and use His titles Son and Daughter and these are totally different Creations.

    An Apostate Society and de facto one in rebeliion against Christ and the Laws of the New Dispensation is the proper way to look at the modern world which is increasingly becoming dictatorial and using Force (War) and negating Love.


  9. Robert says:

    Toad the mistake with lumping the Old Dispensation and Islam (which believed in One God and had no knowledge of the Trinity) is to exclude that this was rescinded with the New Dispensation (that the Old would be replaced was fortold in Jeremiah).
    There really is a difference and this leads to convenient excuses for Dictatorship (look at Henry VIII and his justification for Divorce under the Old Dispensation and ignored Christs express Commandment over Marriage). Islam sees Christ as just a Prophet. Juadism that Christ was an imposter.
    I mentioned Divorce (under Islam and the Old Dispensation) previously but this is just to get a better perspective of what is God’s view of Man (Men ) and Woman and the Old and New Dispensation.
    The Gentile/Non Believer etc… and indeed Evolution leads to superiority between Men and other humans. This perspective is seen with slavery and the using of humans as frankly possessions for sexual purposes.
    The point is what is God’s perspective between Man and Woman and this is the Son and Daughter relationship to God the Father.
    Is what happened in Cologne is a clash of cultures? Rapine and assault in Cologne? But what is the West doing in Syria Bombing?


  10. kathleen says:

    At last politicians, police enforcement units and the MSM are now facing up to the unwelcome truth: Cologne is a shocking wake up call that Europe is importing a real rape culture!
    The Rape of Europe:


  11. Michael says:

    “Given the immense influx and the inevitable problems it creates, a number of questions have be raised about the real possibilities for accepting and accommodating people, about changes in the cultural and social structures of the receiving countries, and about the reshaping of certain regional geopolitical balances.

    “Equally significant are fears about security, further exacerbated by the growing threat of international terrorism. The present wave of migration seems to be undermining the foundations of that ‘humanistic spirit’ which Europe has always loved and defended.”

    A bit late to be saying this now I think. Also, despite this acknowledgement, the Holy Father continues with this:

    The Pope also “reaffirmed (his) conviction that 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.”

    As confusing as ever, and I find it a bit odd that reference is made to Europe’s ‘great cultural and religious heritage’ too. Presumably the near total collapse of this heritage has not been noticed at the Vatican.


  12. kathleen says:


    I’m sorry to say that in my opinion, the Pope doesn’t have an idea of what he is talking about! It’s all soft-sounding rhetoric he’s spouting, utterly impractical, totally illogical or in any way feasible to allow millions of Middle Eastern Muslims to flood into an already troubled continent such as Europe struggling with its own problems of high unemployment, Secularism and Economic depression. Most of these migrants are young men who should have stayed behind to help their own countries, instead of cowardly seeking an easy way out.

    Ross Douthat in an article in the New Your Times entitled “Germany on the Brink” states:

    “The underlying controversy here is not a new one. For decades conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic have warned that Europe’s generous immigration policies, often pursued in defiance of ordinary Europeans’ wishes, threaten to destabilize the continent.

    The conservatives have made important points about the difficulty of assimilation, the threat of radicalization, and the likelihood of Paris-style and Cologne-style violence in European cities.[…] The issue isn’t just that immigrants are arriving in the hundreds of thousands rather than the tens of thousands. It’s that a huge proportion of them are teenage and twentysomething men.[…]

    If you believe that an aging, secularized, heretofore-mostly-homogeneous society is likely to peacefully absorb a migration of that size and scale of cultural difference, then you have a bright future as a spokesman for the current German government.

    You’re also a fool. Such a transformation promises increasing polarization among natives and new arrivals alike. It threatens not just a spike in terrorism but a rebirth of 1930s-style political violence. The still-imaginary France Michel Houellebecq conjured up in his novel “Submission,” in which nativists and Islamists brawl in the streets, would have a very good chance of being realized in the German future.

    This need not happen. But prudence requires doing everything possible to prevent it. That means closing Germany’s borders to new arrivals for the time being. It means beginning an orderly deportation process for able-bodied young men. It means giving up the fond illusion that Germany’s past sins can be absolved with a reckless humanitarianism in the present.

    It means that Angela Merkel must go — so that her country, and the continent it bestrides, can avoid paying too high a price for her high-minded folly.”

    Read the whole thing; it’s really worth it. This sinister policy of mass immigration of millions of young islamic men into Europe is a self-inflicted suicide. Our future is very grim indeed if nothing is done to halt it.


  13. Michael says:

    Kathleen @ 09:37:

    I’m sorry to say that in my opinion, the Pope doesn’t have an idea of what he is talking about! It’s all soft-sounding rhetoric he’s spouting, utterly impractical, totally illogical or in any way feasible to allow millions of Middle Eastern Muslims to flood into an already troubled continent such as Europe struggling with its own problems of high unemployment, Secularism and Economic depression.

    Very much agreed! What I found strangest/most worrying about the Holy Father’s comment on this was that he clearly laid out and acknowledged the problems with current approaches to migration from the Islamic world, and then went on to reiterate his position of ‘everybody welcome’! If he’d just said the second bit, at least one could say, with regret, that he has simply been duped into the same approach as most Western political leaders – but he prefaces this with a clear assessment of the problems at hand, so he clearly thinks that unequivocal welcome is the best solution despite the damage this will do to Europe, as well as the communities suffering an exodus of fathers, brothers, etc, and the redirection of attention from refugee camps in Syria where people who genuinely need help are being, if not ignored, put in second place!

    I read Ross Douthat’s piece, and it is very good – nails being hit on the head all over the place today! I have also recently read Michel Houllebecq’s Submission, and whilst I’m sorry I cannot recommend it, as it contains some really pornographic material*, it does make a chillingly compelling case that Islamic influence in European society might not be as distant a fear as we would like to think, and/or that either this or a nihilistic fallout awaits us. Amazing by the way, that the women in the video you linked to acknowledged the demographic suicide of Europeans, but then welcomed this as a ‘good thing’ – shows the disjunct between ideology and reality amidst leftist intelligentsia these days, to the point where they would welcome a society where they themselves would be distinctly uncomfortable.

    *I wish I could say I was being alarmist or overly prudish here, but it really is that bad. I think, to be fair, that it sort of has to be, in order to show how debased Western society has become in general, and to show how hollow an existence the main character has in particular. But still, I cannot in good faith recommend it for this very reason. Fr. Lucie-Smith has written a very good synopsis and commentary at the Catholic Herald though:


  14. kathleen says:

    No, don’t worry Michael, I shan’t be reading Michel Houllebecq’s book, Submission. 😉 I read the synopsis though, and Fr. Lucie-Smith’s CH article you linked to. It appears to have a frightening ring of truth to a France (or all of Europe) that is just around the corner!

    “Amazing by the way, that the women in the video you linked to acknowledged the demographic suicide of Europeans, but then welcomed this as a ‘good thing’ – shows the disjunct between ideology and reality amidst leftist intelligentsia these days, to the point where they would welcome a society where they themselves would be distinctly uncomfortable.”

    It doesn’t make sense, does it? I suppose the only explanation must be this current German “self-loathing” one can often see these days among post-war Germans and that was mentioned in the video. Perhaps, in some bizarre way, many Germans feel the need for some form of “punishment” for war crimes committed in a distant past by some of their ancestors. But how can they be to blame in any way? It is in fact quite sad!


  15. Michael says:

    Kathleen @ 23:26, January 12th:

    Perhaps, in some bizarre way, many Germans feel the need for some form of “punishment” for war crimes committed in a distant past by some of their ancestors. But how can they be to blame in any way? It is in fact quite sad!

    It is indeed, and I think that guilt about Germany’s past does have very much to do with Merkel’s attitude towards this issue. The national self-criticism or even self-hatred is not limited to Germany though – at least in their particular instance you can understand a little why they might be fearful of ‘excluding the other’, given the immensity of Hitler’s crimes, but in Western academia (and by extension, amidst the ‘intelligentsia’) in general, there is a widespread, deeply entrenched tendency towards rejection of anything that smacks of national pride or respect for one’s own culture.

    Thanks to the great degree with which cultural Marxism has infected our universities (and thereby filtered down into other areas of society), suspicion or outright rejection of anything associated with ‘privilege’ (i.e.; whiteness, maleness, wealth, European cultural mores) is almost a given – no matter how much (or little) value in and of itself another culture may have, or in this case, how much of a genuine threat it may present to our own culture, it is given priority over established societal patterns or cultural heritage, precisely because it is a minority.

    Minority status equals good, and therefore worthy of promotion at all costs, even when a given group has actually long ago achieved legal parity and acceptance with and alongside other groups (e.g.; homosexuality and the ever-increasing list of gender identities). If you are one or all of white, male, straight, or Christian (particularly the last one, as it involves holding to at least some traditional moral views, which have been deemed as criminally offensive/inappropriate), expect to be represented as the source of all evil by people like the woman in the video.

    There’s a good article on one aspect of this craziness and how it prevents the people who hold to it from fully engaging with reality here:


  16. Michael says:

    P.S. I’m glad you won’t be reading the book! 🙂


  17. toadspittle says:

    “Minority status equals good, and therefore worthy of promotion at all costs, “
    Well, that should be good news for today’s Catholics. Poor old things. Don’t even like their own Pope, much.


  18. kathleen says:

    Michael @ 10:37 yesterday

    Those were very interesting links, Michael. This whole affair has been rather pushed to one side with so many other pressing news items (both secular and religious) filling our airwaves of late, but it is a current problem and a growing one, which should concern all honest citizens who wish to protect their/our womenfolk from the “Rape Culture” that we are importing into Europe!

    This perceptive and honest article from Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith (also a week old now) bypasses all the cowardly PC talk of our politicians, and focuses on the matters we really need to be addressing:

    “Race, immigration, the question of refugees, policing, are all important, but not quite relevant. What is relevant is how Muslim men see women, and see the law of the land.”


  19. Michael says:

    Kathleen @ 10:41, January 23rd:

    This has been swept aside slightly yes – although it did, unlike the Planned Parenthood scandals, at least get some attention in the UK press. As far as I am able to tell, in Germany it still seems to be quite a live issue, as is the immigration debate in general (as you can imagine) – whether this results in anyone changing tack from the disastrous policies that have got us this far I don’t know (though I doubt it!)

    A very good article from Fr. Lucie-Smith too – as the Imaginative Conservative piece points out though, these are precisely the sort of questions we just don’t have the language to deal with any more. We are so committed to moral relativism that when various rights compete with one another in public life, we can’t adjudicate between their claims, and ideology is preferred over reality, with heads planted firmly in the sand.


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