"The Impact of Christian Thinking on the European Project"
Apparently there was a conference in the European Parliament on 3rd December, examining how the EU's Founding Fathers were led by Christian inspiration "to peace and reconciliation in a war-torn continent"; and how there is now a need to renew the 'soul of Europe' because the project is deeper than mere politics and economics.
His Grace has tried to contact the organisers, but they will not respond.
He has tried to obtain transcripts of the speeches, but no one will oblige.
Surely they have nothing to hide.
Or has the wheel has come full circle?
The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have been complicit in the whole manipulative process of European integration since its inception: they have been content to be (or to be portrayed as being) the 'Soul for Europe’; willing accomplices and dogmatic advocates of political union. They have nurtured, nourished and encouraged it. They have affirmed, praised and exalted it.
Why, one may ask, have they helped to create the beast which is anti-family, anti-life, anti-Christian, and intent on destroying the very foundations of their liberties?
If it profits a man nothing to give his soul even for the whole world, why has the Church abdicated its spiritual authority for a façade of privilege and 30 euros?
Roman Catholic social teaching has been foundational to European integration, and yet the project of ever closer union has evolved into one of ever secularising Enlightenment, in which equality is deemed sacred and abortion has become a human right. And God forbid that a devout Roman Catholic might now attempt to become a Commissioner.
All that seems to remain of the "Christian inspiration" of the European Union are the mysteries of ineffable revelation, the mechanisms of curial bureaucracy and the impregnable structures of infallible governance. It is apposite to consider the observations of Lord Shore of Stepney:
…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.There does need to be some very deep Christian thinking within and upon the vexatious matter European Union. But the way forward is for 95 theses to be pinned to the door of the European Parliament.
We need Europe.
But not this one.