Originally posted by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the 8/19 London Daily TelegraphA campaign to sanctify the European Union through the beatification of its founding father, Robert Schuman, has run into stiff resistance from the Vatican and now appears likely to fail.
For 14 years investigators under the diocese of Metz have combed through the life of the French statesman to determine whether he merits the title "Blessed Robert", the first step to sainthood.
The drive for his beatification and eventual canonisation was launched by a private group in Metz, the St Benoit Institute, but has acquired powerful backers, including President Jacques Chirac.
Is this miraculous?
Originally posted by the articleSchuman supporters lobbied hard for a favourable interpretation of the rules, arguing that Franco-German reconciliation in the bitter aftermath of the Second World War was itself miraculous. So far, the Pope has responded coolly.
And this makes me chuckle...
Originally posted by the articleFifty years later, the EU appears to have turned its back on the deeply Catholic inspiration of its founding statesmen, dropping all reference to God in the draft constitution.
"Schuman would have turned in his grave," said Jacques Paragon, his sponsor for sainthood at the St Benoit Institute.
You would think that, the way the EU and the western European governments try to avoid the public endorsement of religion that their leadership would avoide seeking such a public endorsement of Eurosoc from the Church...
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