Notre Dame and the Children of God

Jul 2013
758
Germany
"We all are equal in the eyes of God"

We are, in case the equality refers to our births, to our deaths and our relation to God.
But is there any God to tell the people to cast others out? Is there any to rumor the people
that they don't have any religious bond?
The prejudiced earth-dwellers amongst us might think so, but no God would want that.
So has his will first priority in all churches and that deep-seated will can be understood
as the church asylum, that prevails once in a while in history.

Notre Dame de Paris was a place for church asylum.
As Victor Hugo described the Cathedral in the 15th Century - it was much asked to grant asylum.
The real representative of God, at least of the church, was Quasimodo, who saved Esmeralda from
execution and secured her church asylum in his cathedral.
As long as she would have stayed there, she was safe - but the cathedral would just turn a prison that
wasn't meant to be one.
Although the king himself, Louis XI of France, made Paris in 1467 the city of asylum, the discontent
was still a present problem. The pressure, that later on was made by the state on the church,
could easily be intensified by only one Act of Parliament, which could mean the execution of such as Esmeralda.

Hugo's Esmeralda, however, is a special case, because all enemies of the asylum-seekers and detractors
of the refugees' flow fell under her spell.
So was there still a personal fascination and fear that played a role - tremendum et fascinosum as they say.

Many a case in the 20th Century, just as the sans-papiers in Saint-Bernard (1996), shows that the church asylum
is faint against the actions of the state. Saint-Bernard, which was the sanctuary for about 200 african refugees at this point,
was stormed by the police.
It was not a single of the hunger strikes that served as reason for the police to come into action.



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1. Babo, Markus: Kirchenasyl - Kirchenhikesie: Zur Relevanz eines historischen Modells im Hinblick
auf das Asylrecht des Bundesrepublik Deutschland

2. Herler, Gregor: Kirchliches Asylrecht und Kirchenasyl im demokratischen Rechtsstaat