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Vatican envoy Mgr Giordano: EU needs Resurrection, Courage for New Search +real Christian Humanism

Written by ACM
Monday, 17 January 2011
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Together with EU Commission's vice-President Tajani, who prepares to speak tomorrow at EU Parliament on GALILEO Satellite Navigation System High-Tech, as well as many CoE's Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives and other CoE Officials , including even "Laic" countries as France, or mainly Christian Orthodox countries as Cyprus, Russia, etc., and not only predominantly Catholic countries such as Poland, Malta, Italy, etc,  but also Thousands of various other People at Strasbourg's huge Cathedral, filled with Songs on Historic Saints from all EU Countries, from Sweden and the UK up to Cyprus and Spain, through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, etc., Vatican's PanEuropean envoy, Permanent  CoE observer, Mgr. Aldo Giordano, an Italian Dr. of Philosophy educated at German Universities, marked with an unexpectedly sharp, but also Human, Homelie the 1st "Mass for Europe" in years, celebrated today at the beginning of EU Parliament's 2011 introductory Plenary session in Strasbourg.

(See "EuroFora"s relevant earlier publication).


    Europe needs Resurrection, and many People are currently, courageously starting a New Search for a real Christian Humanism in a New Europe, in order to avoid the risk to fall into the trap of another, "much Longer Night" of "Death of God", even worse than in the Horrible Past of Nazism/Fascism and/or abusive Stalinism disrespecting Human Dignity, he said in substance.

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    - Those who claimed too early that .. "God is Dead", as Nietzsche, ... died before Him, and even before the oldest Christian Pope of their own era who survived  : As f.ex. famous Pope Leo XIII, who lived up to 1903, aged more than 93 years old (1910-1903), i.e. three more years than Nietzsche, dead back in 1900, aged only 56 years old (1944-1900), Giordano hinted, reminding an Historic Pope who wrote many works also on topical Political ideas, since his landmark "Rerum Novarum"...


    - But, during a "Century of Totalitarisms, we experienced (even in Europe) what it really means a World withoud God", reminded Giordano, obviously pointing mainly to the inhuman atrocities of Concentration and Extermination Camps, Gulag, etc., (even if it might be true that they were not equal in Horror against Human Rights)...


    Therefore, he turned upside down the negative presentation that Nietzsche had initially made of "a Madman who goes around holding a Light even in the middle of the Day, and asking  : "Where is God ?", just to get the hard answer : - "He's Dead. We killed him !"..


    - On the contrary, "Now, we see the awakening of a  New Search", for a Meaning in Life, which could "not exist" in a kind of "Humanism without God", but only with and in Him, Giordano observed, refering here also to the most recent among Pope Benedict's  masterworks  : the 6/2009 Encyclique "Caritas in Veritate" ("Love in Truth").


    + But, at the same time, "as Europeans, we should also be concerned with what happens all around the World", he added, speaking not only of Europe's Historic vocation towards Universalism, but also of Topical issues: - "F.ex., the emergence of China and/or India, and its  social, political and cultural consequences", Giordano pointed out.


    ++ Even more important that the previous, GeoPolitical challenge, the Crucial Questions raised today by new, but urgent needs to find a just balance for "Human" values, vis a vis "Scientifico-Technical Reason", call for more "Courage, to Search anew God", as he said.


    - Otherwise, today, another "Death of God" (Comp. supra), could provoke "a longer Night, extending much more, and more further away", he warned, (f.ex. given the gigantic developments in Genetic, Brain and other Technologies penetrating deep inside Human persons, which obviously add also new dangers of eventual abuses).


    - Therefore, Mgr Giordano invited to "recognize the cry of Christ Crucified, in the face of all Human beings who suffer".

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    + But also to "recognize Christ's Resurrection in a New Europe", reconciled and taking care of the poor, without "throwing new wine in old cups", because, contrary to those who attempt to find a "Terminal stage" for Christianism, in fact, "Christianism is very Young", and "the Real Question is : - When Christianism will really Start ?"


    However, in front of manifold, often hard, today's challenges, it certainly needs a lot of Faith to believe, as Mgr Giordano invited us, that EU Citizens could simply "entrust" Europe "in the hands of Christ, and let Him surprise us", as he optimisticaly concluded ...


  Trust Christ, is one thing. But abandon Him alone, is another, very differend, thing. Therefore, at least actively offer to sincerely Help Him, seems urgently needed, considering Europe's challenges..

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(See also earlier "EuroFora"s Publication, with a brief statement by Vatican's Envoy, as well as from the Head of France's Christian Catholic Church, Mgr. Vingt Trois, and several mentions to Pope Benedict's ideas)

(NDLR : This DraftNews is due to be updated, rectified and/or completed asap).

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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