Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $32,232 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

French toast

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 28, 2005

Tomorrow-- May 29-- the people of France will be asked to ratify the constitution of the European Union. If they polls are accurate, they won't.

So suddenly, tomorrow night, when the votes are counted, the political leaders of Europe are going to realize that a cherished project is dead in the water. Americans, who pay attention to Europe only sporadically, will wonder what went wrong.

Here's the short version:

The proposed constitution is a 300-page document. It's not easy for an ordinary citizen to read it, let alone understand it. In effect, their national leaders are telling them: "Trust us!"

They won't.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($116,671 to go):
$150,000.00 $33,328.98
78% 22%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2005 8:52 AM ET USA

    Or as Mark Steyn put it in today's Telegraph: "The American constitution begins with the words 'We, the people'. The starting point for the EU constitution is: 'We know better than the people.'" It would appear that some of the people beg to differ...

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 28, 2005 3:53 PM ET USA

    But they may understand the principle behind it. If it is ratified, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands &c are no more. All Europeans will be governed by unelected bureaucrats and judges in Brussels. If their parliaments pass laws the EU doesn't like, they are out the window. The EU has already told once-Great Britain that Britons are no longer free to spank their children. France becomes, in effect, a province of the EU. As Arkansas is a state of the US. The people understand.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Contentious Spirits, Beware! 21 hours ago
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6