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Archbishop Rips Forced Buttiglione Withdrawal
EWTN Newslink ^ | Nov. 2, 2004 | CWN

Posted on 11/02/2004 2:19:57 PM PST by Unam Sanctam

Rome, Nov. 02 ( - The president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (COMECE) has criticized the "intolerance" of European Union leaders who forced a Catholic to withdraw his nomination to the European Commission.

After Rocco Buttiglione's announcement that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for a spot on the European Commission, Swiss Archbishop Amedee Grab said it was "unacceptable" that European parliamentary leaders had blocked the Buttiglione nomination.

Buttigilione had drawn strong opposition when he expressed his view that homosexual acts are sinful. A devout Catholic, with strong ties to the Vatican, he had been denounced as "intolerant," and the opposition to his nomination stalled the appointment of the new European Commission.

That political impasse, in turn, caused an unprecedented crisis in the young European Union. Incoming President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso was unable to take over the European leadership on November 1, as scheduled, because his nominees to the European Commission had not been approved. Buttiglione stepped aside in an effort to resolve that crisis.

But Archbishop Grab told the Italian daily Avvenire that the resolution was "unacceptable." The COMECE president argued that "no one should prevent a political leader from expressing his opinions."

The archbishop continued: "It is unacceptable that the mere fact of holding an opinion different from that of the majority is immediately seen as intolerance."

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 11/02/2004 2:19:57 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: Unam Sanctam
I heard a BBC report on this as it was developing last week. They interviewed a Polish representative who said that it was going to be necessary now to do what has been avoided up to now: talk about the communist backgrounds of the people involved in European government.
He said the communists, when in control of individual countries under the Soviets, had made atheism a requirement for office, in the interests of religious "neutrality." He said the Euro folks are these same people, trying to do the same thing through the EU.
2 posted on 11/02/2004 6:35:40 PM PST by charliemarlow
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