Roman Catholic values to dominate the EU
The interesting thing is that this expert group consists only of Roman Catholics. There are no Protestants, no Orthodox, and no representatives of Enlightenment secularism. There is no acknowledgement that these movements contributed anything to European values at all. The implication is that such values may be identified within and articulated through Catholicism exclusively. One member, a former Belgian ambassador to the EU, said: ‘The aim of the project is to raise awareness of European values among the public at a time when most people are totally ignorant or unaware that there is “something more” to the EU than the single market or agricultural policy… The EU process has clearly been based on a certain number of values, but in the course of the process they have been largely forgotten.’
This ‘something more’ is, of course, the Catholic faith. It has been a leitmotif in the EU for decades, and the case was made most eloquently by the almost-pope Cardinal Maria Martini of Milan, who was invited in 1997 to address the European Parliament in a symposium on ‘Remembering the Origins of the Process of European Integration’. He outlined the importance of a single faith (Catholicism), declaring: ‘The Europe we must build is a Europe of the spirit,’ and he reminded the Parliament: ‘If the process of European integration is not anchored in truly religious foundations… it will seriously compromise the future of all Europeans.’
Significantly, a COMECE spokesman has admitted an agenda, albeit ‘indirect’, ‘aimed at influencing a political declaration on the EU's values and ambitions’. The resulting document is planned for adoption on 25th March 2007 - the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The Pope has already agreed to be present to bestow his blessings on the project.
Protestants/Orthodox/Atheists not invited.
Pax Romana pax Europeana est.