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European bishops: solidarity, subsidiarity are answer to financial crisis

September 07, 2012

At the root of the European financial crisis is the “lack of an anthropological and social vision focused on solidarity and subsidiarity,” the Council of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe stated following a meeting in Cyprus.

“The interpretation of subsidiarity given by European politics, seeing it as a simple work supported by the member States but controlled by the European institutions, seems insufficient,” the statement added. “Instead, subsidiarity capable of supporting social cohesion needs a precise regulatory framework which in addition demands to be founded on the principle of solidarity.”

“The bishops confirmed the conviction that Europe needs Christianity and that Christians have a special responsibility for the future of Europe, so that education and instruction value the rich European culture, that art and culture might dialogue with religious faith without fundamentalism from either side and, finally, that cultural exchanges above all between the young people of Europe may have broad horizons,” the statement continued.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 07, 2012 4:44 PM ET USA

    The bishops would be correct if they had substituted the word "American" for "European," as well