“Europe is entering Croatia”
Not content with Croatia entering the EU as the 28th state, signing his accession treaty Croatian President Ivo Josipovic told the heads of government of all 27 current members: “Today Croatia is entering Europe, but more importantly Europe is entering Croatia.”
His Grace can scarcely bring himself to visualise the violation. And yet the continent is named after Europa, who was herself raped. Perhaps it's a case of doing unto others...
Croatia has spent seven years negotiating away her sovereignty, hindered by a few territorial disputes with Slovenia and a couple of trivial allegations of war crimes. Nothing that time couldn't heal.
But His Grace has a question. Really, it is a genuine bemusement.
Croatia is more Catholic than the Pope. Okay, not quite. But the population does declare itself to be c80% Roman Catholic. Pope Benedict XVI has been a passionate advocate of Croatian membership of the EU.
Now that the text of his 'prayer for the euro' (as reported by Jon Snow C4 News) may be seen to have been nothing of the sort (naughty Mr Snow), we do get an insight into his primary spiritual concerns:
Therefore the People of God, as pilgrims throughout time, turn to their celestial Mother and seek Her help; they ask that She might accompany them on their path of faith, that She might encourage them in their commitment to Christian life and sustain their hopes. We need this support, especially in this difficult moment for Italy, for Europe, and for many parts of the world.This is not a prayer for the euro, but it is a prayer acknowledging the economic morass into which Europe is fast sinking, which has been brought on by the euro. So, why would the Pope, at this precise 'difficult moment', be desirous to see Croatia (not without her own difficulties) burdened with even greater difficulties, which may even lead to civil war?