Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bishops: EU citizens can 'no longer fathom' EU project

Cranmer never set out to be a news-aggregator, and certainly not a news-breaker, but when he precedes such an august journal as The Catholic Herald by more than two months, in what is manifestly a story of the political manipulation of Roman Catholic bishops, he is persuaded of his continuing worth.

But this story has moved on even further since The Catholic Herald managed to catch up.

When David Miliband proudly boasted to Parliament that the Lisbon Treaty is supported by the ‘Commission of Bishops’, he could not have foreseen that just a few months later these very bishops would be criticising the EU for its inaccessibility, its opaqueness, and it obfuscational verbiage. Especially when these bishops are in receipt of EU funds to propagate their political soteriology.

Yet they have stated that the ‘aims and meaning’ of the European project ‘remain unanswered’, and that ratification of the reform treaty will still not solve these ‘crucial’ questions.

That was the keynote message to emerge from the plenary assembly of the commission of the bishops’ conference of the European community (COMECE).

COMECE president, Monsignor Adrianus van Luyn, said: “We are now all aware that, as a rule, the ‘how’ questions are the easiest. It is harder to answer questions that start with ‘why’ and ‘wherefore’. Behind the day-to-day business of politics, the vast majority of people can no longer recognise or fathom why things are going in one direction or another. Behind politics resides metapolitics, which forms the values upon which all political action is based, above and beyond party lines.”

The bishops’ agenda was clearly exposed when a COMECE spokesman said the plenary had given bishops ‘the chance to reflect on the fundamental question of how citizens' support for the EU can be mobilised and how this might be translated into concrete goals’.

At the bishops’ Spring Plenary Assembly, they examined ‘the institutional and political revival of Europe’, primarily in respect of the adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon. The main topic of discussion was ‘Respecting human dignity and safeguarding the creation – incarnation of the Common good in the EU policies of the 21st century’. And they have invited EU leaders to ‘express clearly their understanding of human development’ which is envisaged in the European unification process.

Yet it is curious that ‘human dignity’ should be at the forefront of their thinking when the EU is antithetical to their beliefs and pathologically ‘pro-choice’. And heaven help any MEP or commissioner who dares to articulate a pro-life stance or argue for the traditional Christian view of the family. There is growing social inequality, and Socialist group chairman Martin Schulz has told President Barroso: ‘We have achieved progress, unemployment is down, productivity is growing, but precarious jobs in Europe are increasing, they’re not secure or permanent. There is still social imbalance.’ In short, the Lisbon strategy is not helping the poor.

But it is even more curious that the bishops should be so concerned with ‘safeguarding the creation’ that they set up a reflection group on ‘Climate change and Christian Lifestyle’. His Holiness is rather with Lord Lawson on this matter, concerned that the whole ‘green’ agenda is becoming a pseudo religion in an 'age of unreason'.

Finally, the COMECE Bishops acknowledged the achievements of Mgr Noël Treanor, Secretary General of COMECE since 1993, and his efforts ‘to assist the Catholic Church as a proactive partner in dialogue with the EU institutions’.

Precisely what is it about the EU that makes the Roman Catholic Church wish to be a partner to it at all? In what ethical areas is it winning the argument? Where is its spiritual authority causing political compromise? How is its influence manifest in the thousands of regulations and directives that flood the UK every year?

Lord Shore in his book Separate Ways shows just how unnatural and uncomfortable the EU has become - for Britain certainly, but for Christians more than any. This is what he says about EU treaties:

"…no one who has been engaged seriously in the business of examining draft EC laws and treaties can have any doubt about their quite extraordinary – and deliberate - complexity. Every new article or treaty clause is, with reference to articles in earlier treaties - generally to be located in a separate treaty volume. Indeed part of the whole mystique of Community Law is its textual incomprehensibility, its physical dispersal, its ambivalence and its dependence upon ultimate clarification by the European Court of Justice: and the Brussels Commission and their long-serving, often expert officials are, in interpreting and manipulating all this, like a priestly caste - similar to what it must have been in pre-Reformation days, when the Bible was in Latin, not English; the Pope, his cardinals and bishops decided the content of canon law and the message came down to the laymen, only when the Latin text was translated into the vernacular by the dutiful parish priest.

Hmm…

7 Comments:

Anonymous oiznop said...

EU Referendum has linked to this (is that a first?), and highlighted an important quote:

"Behind the day-to-day business of politics, the vast majority of people can no longer recognise or fathom why things are going in one direction or another. Behind politics resides metapolitics, which forms the values upon which all political action is based, above and beyond party lines.2

They continue:

That, more than anything, is the true legacy of the European Union, which has destroyed any idea of linkage between electing a government and expecting it to deliver policies that are in the interests of the people who elected it.

The bishops' agenda, writes Cranmer, was clearly exposed when a COMECE spokesman said of their Spring plenary assembly that it had given bishops, "the chance to reflect on the fundamental question of how citizens' support for the EU can be mobilised and how this might be translated into concrete goals".

Cranmer also informs us that the COMECE Bishops acknowledged the achievements of Mgr Noël Treanor, Secretary General of COMECE since 1993, and his efforts "to assist the Catholic Church as a proactive partner in dialogue with the EU institutions".

That the Roman Catholic church is so evidently in bed with the European Union is disturbing, but it is just another cog in the vast network of influence that is subverting the political system, and what is laughingly called "civil society" in this country.

So deeply embedded is this political cancer that one fears that attempt to root it out will all but kill the patient.

8 April 2008 at 19:17  
Blogger The Black Fingernail said...

This is all very covert, very quiet, unknown. Miliband might have quoted them as supporting the EU Constitution, but this isn't exactly their rejection, just an article saying things have gotto get better. They are still supporting the whole project (hence their demand that people should be better informed), and like you I've got no idea why. The EU seems intolerant of Christianity more than all the other religions, so why these bishops continue to support it is baffling.

8 April 2008 at 20:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why these bishops continue to support it is baffling'

I'm Just guessing but the word Backhandres comes to mind.

Anyway if you don't want to be ruled by the EU or a Corrupt Parliament, you don't have to, Just tell them you are not going to be in their Gang anymore, and you wont be paying their Membership fees anymore, It's simple.
Tell your Friends Collegues and relatives too.

http://www.tpuc.org/node/241
http://www.tpuc.org/node/235
Affadavit
http://www.tpuc.org/node/241

http://www.tpuc.org/stoppayingtvlicencefees

An Oath
http://www.tpuc.org/node/229#comment-318

8 April 2008 at 21:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic: Your Grace, the link to UK Commentators is broken. It should point to http://www.ukcommentators.blogspot.com/

8 April 2008 at 21:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milliband, Don't Mention Milliband to me.

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=115519

8 April 2008 at 21:39  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
About time the roman catholic bishops realised a seat at the table doesnt mean you get you design the menu.

the EU is a big overspend of post war socialism .

i think association is far better than conscription , red lines are red lies , the matter lacks conviction and we are not allowed to vote on our future , nor in the future will be easy to get out of .

It is pure and simple an assett strip and sell off excercise , removing our ability for self determination , the most fundamental basis of democracy .

i can appreciate that a considerable proportion of the EU is roman catholic and the christian building of these countries has stood well and given context to governance .

what we have hear is the subtle placing of religion into "the museum of progress" , being as some of us anglicans are the first to rebell openly if the roman catholic church can find its dialogue with us i welcome it, but if we lose our state religion dont then look back and say that was the point we should have spoken !

i regrett to infrom that the millbands love of marxism is based on the doubt of religion , so cant really expect any other than banal platitudes there .

8 April 2008 at 23:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 21:37

Yes of course.

We are told it is difficult or impossible to simply stop playing the EU game. The reverse is the truth, as you say. We could leave tomorrow if the political will and the banksters would let us.

The banksters however are doing their worst right now anyway by destroying our currency in a conspiracy with Gordon Browns government. So what more harm can they do? Some people are going to start eating dog soon anyway.

The Chinese way of doing things is coming quicker and in more ways then we might have imagined in our worst nightmares. When our politicians say they want to bring the world together and unite mankind. We must learn to read between the lines. It does not mean they are going to become like us. It is us that are going to become like them. Poor, repressed over governed, frightened intimidated, bullied, polluted, lied to, and if that dont 'work,' murdered in our millions.

Atlas shrugged

10 April 2008 at 03:44  

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