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Christianity created the European identity, Pope Benedict says (Flashback)
Catholic News Agency ^ | 2007 | Mar 26, 2007

Posted on 11/25/2018 9:07:56 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege

Benedict XVI noted how Europe has sought to conciliate "the economic and social dimensions through policies aimed at producing wealth, ... yet without overlooking the legitimate expectations of the poor and marginalized. However, in demographic terms, it must unfortunately be noted that Europe seems set on a path that could lead to its exit from history."

"What emerges from all this," he added, "is that it is unthinkable to create an authentic 'common European home' while ignoring the identity of the people of our continent. ...

An identity that is historical, cultural and moral, more even than geographical, economic or political; an identity made up of a collection of universal values which Christianity contributed to creating, thus acquiring a role that is not only historical but foundational for the continent of Europe."

Is it not surprising that modern Europe, while seeking to present itself as a community of values, seems ever more frequently to question the very existence of universal and absolute values? And does this singular form of 'apostasy' - from oneself even more than from God - not perhaps induce Europe to doubt its own identity?

"For this reason it is becoming ever more indispensable for Europe to avoid the pragmatic approach, so widespread today, that systematically justifies compromise on essential human values, as if the acceptance of a supposedly lesser evil were inevitable..."

But do not tire and do not be discouraged! You know your task is to contribute to building, with God's help, a new Europe, realistic but not cynical, rich in ideals and free of naive illusions, inspired by the perennial and life-giving truth of the Gospel."

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TOPICS: History; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: catholic; christendom; christianity; eu; europe

1 posted on 11/25/2018 9:07:56 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Ah, memories of a pope who actually promoted Christianity. Seems like so long ago.

2 posted on 11/25/2018 9:10:07 AM PST by irishjuggler
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To: irishjuggler

3 posted on 11/25/2018 9:12:38 AM PST by gaijin
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

And his imposter replacement wants to eliminate Christianity.

4 posted on 11/25/2018 9:16:21 AM PST by I want the USA back (It's Ok To Be White. White Lives Matter. White Guilt is Socially Constructed)
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To: I want the USA back

Why did he leave the way he did??
How did thus evil Bergoglio get in????

5 posted on 11/25/2018 9:20:32 AM PST by ZULU (Jeff Sessions should be tried for sedition.)
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To: irishjuggler
Merkel thinks she promotes the same: “We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity — that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”"
6 posted on 11/25/2018 9:25:01 AM PST by aspasia
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
In June 2016, Trump stated: "Yet today, 240 years after the Revolution, we have turned things completely upside-down." - Donald Trump

And it's not just about jobs and economic opportunity. It's about freedom, exercise of "Creator-endowed rights and liberties," and opportunity for each citizen, not just self-appointed elitists who fancy themselves as entitled to make decisions for all.

Thomas Jefferson, only days before his death on July 4, 1826, explaining his inability to attend a gathering to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration, wrote to Roger Weightman:

" I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. may it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view. the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god. These are grounds of hope for others. for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them."(Jefferson, June 24, 1826, to Roger Weightman, End of Jefferson quotation)

Some time ago, I posted the following:

"Perhaps the so-called "progressive" enemies of freedom understand better than those who fancy themselves as "conservatives" that in order to reverse the Founders' ideas of "People over government," and institute "government over People," they must first marginalize and destroy the ideas from which liberty is derived.

The writings of America's Founders are replete with references which rebuke would-be tyrants and cite a Higher Source for life, liberty and rights. Early histories confirm those facts.

As so-called "progressives" have led a movement in forsaking the Founders' "reliance on Divine Providence," and belief that individuals are "endowed by their Creator," they also have forsaken the principles underlying America's Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and are systematically dismantling the greatest protections for liberty ever established for a people.

"Ideas have consequences"(Weaver).

The ideas of 1776 came out of a set of ideas consistent with liberty.

We tend to forget, or have never considered, that other world views existed then, as now.

Unless today's citizens rediscover the ideas of liberty existing in what Jefferson called "the American mind" of 1776, we risk going back to the "Old World" ideas which preceded the "Miracle of America."

There are those who call themselves "progressives," when, in fact, their ideas are regressive and enslaving, and as old as the history of civilization.

Would suggest to any who wish an authentic history of the ideas underlying American's founding a visit to this web site, at which Richard Frothingham's outstanding 1872 "History of the Rise of the Republic of the United States" can be read on line.

This 600+-page history traces the ideas which gave birth to the American founding. Throughout, Richard Frothingham, the historian, develops the idea that it is "the Christian idea of man" which allowed the philosophy underlying the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to become a reality--an idea which recognizes the individual and the Source of his/her "Creator"-endowed life, liberty and law.

Is there any wonder that the enemies of freedom, the so-called "progressives," do not promote such authentic histories of America? Their philosophy puts something called "the state," or "global interests" as being superior to individuals and requires a political elitist group to decide what role individuals are to play.

In other words, they must turn the Founders' ideas upside-down in order to achieve a common mediocrity for individuals and power for themselves.

7 posted on 11/25/2018 10:02:57 AM PST by loveliberty2 (`)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
You know your task is to contribute to building, with God's help, a new Europe, realistic but not cynical, rich in ideals and free of naive illusions, inspired by the perennial and life-giving truth of the Gospel."

Free of naïve illusions?
The present Pope helps spread "naïve illusions" when he lectures Christians on accepting the Muslim hegira (invasion ) into Europe.

The pope is in the religion business and should have a thorough knowledge of competing religions like Islam.

He should understand the threat Islam presents to the entire world and not have the naïve interpretation that Geo Bush and Tony Blair had.

There is nothing peaceful about Islam for anyone who is not a Muslim. - tom

8 posted on 11/25/2018 10:18:42 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Exactly...Christianity was *the* foundation of what once made Europe,the United States and Australia great.But as the West’s Marxists have succeeded in undermining Christianity we find ourselves in a steep decline.

9 posted on 11/25/2018 11:25:37 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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> Why did he leave the way he did?? <

In 2013 Benedict resigned due to ill health. Five years have passed. And Benedict seems to be in good shape today. So something very odd is going on here.

One can only hope that some investigative reporter somewhere will be able to figure this all out.

10 posted on 11/25/2018 11:36:43 AM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Leaning Right

Don’t rely on CNN.
I smell a Soros rat.

11 posted on 11/25/2018 12:59:39 PM PST by ZULU (Jeff Sessions should be tried for sedition.)
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