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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 16, 2005

OK, I admit I'm stumped. Can someone please explain?

The Catholic bishops of Europe-- or the organization that claims to represent them-- says that the European Union is "the foundation of peace and stability which has been enjoyed in Europe for over 50 years." But the European Union hasn't existed for 50 years; in fact it doesn't exist in constitutional form even today. Can a political institution be the cause of a pre-existing effect?

Take a look at the full text of the statement released by the Commission of European Bishops' Conferences. The arguments therein may or may not convince you; that's not the point. The point is that there is absolutely nothing distinctively Christian, let alone Catholic, in the bishops' statement.

Go ahead: Download the statement, and do a search for a few telltale words. You won't find:

  • Jesus
  • Christ
  • Christian
  • Gospel
  • salvation
  • soul
  • or
  • religion

You will find "religious" used once. They're bishops, after all; it's their profession.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 16, 2005 5:52 PM ET USA

    Well, while we join Pope Benedict XVI in his insightful critique of bishops' conferences (as Diogenes has done in some earlier blogs), let's just nuke the European conference along with the USCCB & all the committees/conferences. We need successors to the Apostles, not diplomats. Jesus & His Church call for men who are bishops to speak the Truth with Love... to have the Heart of the Shepherd, to speak boldy & courageously, in word & deed, to all the world about Jesus Christ & His Gospel.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2005 4:05 PM ET USA

    And I had always thought that the Benedictines were the founders of a united Europe. One would like to think that the "politically responsible" in Italy did not vote on stem cell research and would instruct their representatives to not vote for EU. The EU is diametrically oposed to solidarity. And what really began in earnest 50 years ago, after the atheist materialists decimated Europe was the destruction of the Church.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2005 1:05 PM ET USA

    It is not a bad letter inasmuch as the bishops correctly place the human being, not governments, at the center of European life. It would have been nice if they had mentioned JPII's criticism of the Commission's ignorance of Europe's Catholic heritage. But the comments about the EU extending back 50 years are laughable at best and revisionist at worst. Even if these clerics intended to mean NATO and not EU, it is STILL the US who kept the peace as we provide the largest NATO contingent.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2005 11:26 AM ET USA

    Slight correction, TXCatholic: The word "Catholics" is used once, and only to identify the people who are expected to pay attention to the bishops. But why should they, if the bishops are only talking about politics?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jun. 16, 2005 11:08 AM ET USA

    I hate to be such a spoil-sport, but the good Euro-obsessive bishops have forgotten, if they even could remember, that they owe their fifty years of peace to the grace of God and the strong, tax-payer supported arm of the United States of America. Without the former, they don't exist. Without the latter, they might exist totally fluent in Russian and in bastarized versions of Leninism. How I wish that certain bishops had taken the vow of silence!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2005 11:00 AM ET USA

    You do find the word Catholic, notably absent from your list. Can you not find anything to be positve about? It's a very good letter.

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