God is a concept and the roots of Christianity in Europe
The EU has started to discuss its future. Our point of view is that for the EU to be able to project itself in time and space, it must be at peace with the EU itself, more specifically with the roots of Christianity and the role of religion in the society. It is included. There is no clear path until this is resolved.
In an effort to draft the European Constitution, there have been attempts to make explicit reference to “the roots of Christianity in Europe”, including by Pope John Paul II. In part, this movement, Has raised opposition to Turkey’s accession to the EU. These attempts failed, and the Constitution itself failed, for a completely different reason.
Today’s ambitions are different and Turkey is no longer on the EU enlargement agenda, but the challenge of clarifying the roots and essence of Europe remains the same. If you are confused about the past, you cannot predict the future.
Particularly conservative ECR groups are fighting for a return to European Christian values. But they are not the only ones. Some parties, including the most influential parties, call themselves Christians or Christian Democrats. The right wing in Europe, unlike the left wing, is traditionally religious, but there are exceptions.
When the author of this memoir asked Jacques Delors one day about his political ideals, he considered himself a Christian socialist, but such a party did not exist in France. By confessing his beliefs, he implied that religion was a very personal matter for him.
Religions are treated differently in EU member states. France is probably the EU’s champion of secularism, but this is often seen as an attempt by many to limit Islamic religious symbols such as headscarves in public spaces.
In Poland, the church directly interferes with elections and campaigns for the ruling PiS party from the pulpit. In Hungary, Christianity is abused as an immigrant immigrant and anti-immigrant cover-up.
Sunday was Croatia’s national holiday, and the main mass, celebrated in Zagreb Cathedral, brought together all senior politicians, including the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House and many ministers. If you don’t attend, your eyebrows will still rise.
In Bulgaria, many politicians are not religious, but the political world feels obligated to attend religious ceremonies. In many countries, churches, whether Catholic or Orthodox, work with politicians to implement anti-LGBT programs.
Traditional “Eurospeak” often refers to “EU values”. Although they are worldly, there is no doubt that they have a lower layer of Christian values that they are based on. Isn’t the idea of peace between France and Germany at the heart of the European project imagined by Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman in reality a reflection of the Christian conception of love?
No, we have not forgotten the religious war. Christianity is about peace and love, but it is also important for war etc. It is difficult to identify Christianity as a pillar of Europe. In Europe, Christianity struggles against itself and does not always peacefully coexist with other religions such as Judaism and Islam.
These religions also leave their mark on the face of Europe. As the governing force of society, religion has receded over the past two centuries, but is eager and ready to occupy more space when the opportunity arises.
The EU needs a generally accepted notion of religion and society.
For example, he declares that religion (or atheism about its problems) is a very personal matter, and at the same time, the overwhelming Christianity of history, art and culture which has really shaped our continent. Recognize the impact.
Most importantly, religion should not be militarized for political ends. Once this goal is widely accepted, we can be optimistic about the future of Europe. / George Gotev, EURACTIV
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