(THE LOCAL, GERMANY) — A leading German Catholic cardinal says the government should encourage women to stay at home and breed – rather than bring immigrants into the country to solve its demographic problems.

Cardinal of Cologne Joachim Meisner told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper this week that he wanted to see German women having more babies rather than leaving the home to develop careers and earn money.

He said all-day schools and child care were not a problem for him, but suggested, “It would be better for society to create a climate where women had more children. That means promoting the high value of the family with mother and father for the children. Of course the material security of the wife, for her later pension too, must be secured.”

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