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Buttiglione: Europe's future rests on Catholic political leaders

Catholic World News - August 04, 2011

Young Catholics must enter political life to safeguard Europe's future, according to one of Italy's foremost Catholic political thinkers.

Rocco Buttiglione, the vice-president of Italy's Chamber of Deputies, told the Catholic News Agency:

I think the great reservoir of values today is in the Christian people and we must tell them, you must make politics, you must enter into politics, you must make with your hands the future of the land.

Buttigilione, a close friend of Blessed John Paul II, became the focus of an international controversy in 2004, when his nomination to the European Commission was blocked by critics who objected to his active Catholic faith, and particularly to his statement that homosexual acts are morally wrong.

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 04, 2011 3:55 PM ET USA

    It sounds good but is it even possible today when to be a politician you pretty much have to compartmentalize your life and leave your religion at home? The society needs to be evangelized and made Catholic first so we can have both the Church and the State on the same page. Today's de facto religion of the state is secularism and as long as that is true no politician is going to be able to profess true Catholicism and get away with it. Europe needs to be re-converted and conquered for Christ.

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