October 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – European conservative scholars and intellectuals have released a manifesto aimed at restoring Europe to its “true genius” and actively recovering “what is best in our tradition.”
The manifesto, called the Paris Statement, details how “technocratic tyranny” and “false freedom” prevails in Europe, threatening its very existence as well as the Christian roots that undergird it.
The statement, released October 7, lists concerns about the growing secularization of Europe, Muslim immigration, and the rise of a “false Europe.” It outlines ways Europe can return to respecting the sovereignty of its nations, overcome “isolation and aimlessness,” and restore “true liberalism.”
“The true Europe is at risk because of the suffocating grip that the false Europe has over our imaginations,” it says. “Our nations and shared culture are being hollowed out by illusions and self-deceptions about what Europe is and should be. We pledge to resist this threat to our future. We will defend, sustain and champion the real Europe, the Europe to which we all in truth belong,” the authors state.
These false ideas about Europe are “invincibly prejudiced against the past,” they add.
The “patrons of the false Europe” are “unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing.”
“Sunk in prejudice, superstition and ignorance, and blinded by vain, self-congratulating visions of a utopian future, the false Europe reflexively stifles dissent,” the authors continue. “This is done, of course, in the name of freedom and tolerance.”
The authors wrote the statement after a meeting last May in which they took a sober look at the current state of European politics, culture, society, and the state of the European mind and imagination.
The authors state that instead of “simply wringing their hands in fruitless anxiety, or adding yet another tome to the ample literature that diagnoses ‘the decline of the West'” they decided to write a statement about what makes Europe great and how it is being threatened.
The Paris Statement identifies threats to a “true” Europe and corresponding solutions.
Solidarity and civic loyalty must be encouraged, the statement says, so that justice may be pursued. Europeans must not be “passive subjects.”
“We share our common life and the res publica,” it says. “We assume that it is our duty to take responsibility for the futures of our societies. We are not passive subjects under the domination of despotic powers, whether sacred or secular. And we are not prostrate before implacable historical forces. To be European is to possess political and historical agency.”
Although the continent is characterized by kinship, “the nation-state is a hallmark of Europe,” the document says. “We do not back an imposed, enforced unity.”
Cultural unity can be found through Christianity, the Paris Statement says:
“The true Europe has been marked by Christianity. The universal spiritual empire of the Church brought cultural unity to Europe, but did so without political empire. This has allowed for particular civic loyalties to flourish within a shared European culture. The autonomy of what we call civil society became a characteristic feature of European life. Moreover, the Christian Gospel does not deliver a comprehensive divine law, and thus the diversity of the secular laws of the nations may be affirmed and honoured without threat to our European unity. It is no accident that the decline of Christian faith in Europe has been accompanied by renewed efforts to establish political unity—an empire of money and regulations, covered with sentiments of pseudo-religious universalism, that is being constructed by the European Union.”
‘Roiling sea of sexual liberty’ leaves young people lonely and unfulfilled
“The achievements of popular sovereignty, resistance to empire, cosmopolitanism capable of civic love, the Christian legacy of humane and dignified life, [and] a living engagement with our Classical inheritance” are all “slipping away,” the authors write.
This is thanks to a “one-sided” commitment of “human liberty” that cares about politically correct “freedoms:” “It sells itself as liberation from all restraints: sexual freedom, freedom of self-expression, freedom to ‘be oneself.’”
But this hedonism “often leads to boredom and a profound sense of purposelessness,” especially for Europe’s young:
“The bond of marriage has weakened. In the roiling sea of sexual liberty, the deep desires of our young people to marry and form families are often frustrated. A liberty that frustrates our heart’s deepest longings becomes a curse. Our societies seem to be falling into individualism, isolation and aimlessness. Instead of freedom, we are condemned to the empty conformity of consumer- and media-driven culture. It is our duty to speak the truth: The Generation of ’68 destroyed but did not build. They created a vacuum now filled by social media, cheap tourism and pornography.”
The Paris Statements notes that while Europe boasts of many new sexual “freedoms” and “equality,” it has dramatically increased government regulation of other aspects of life.
“Rules—often confected by faceless technocrats in league with powerful interests—govern our work relationships, our business decisions, our educational qualifications, our news and entertainment media,” the Paris Statement warns. “And Europe now seeks to tighten existing regulations on freedom of speech, an aboriginal European freedom—freedom of conscience made manifest.”
“Political leaders who give voice to inconvenient truths about Islam and immigration are hauled before judges,” it continues. “The false Europe does not really encourage a culture of freedom. It promotes a culture of market-driven homogeneity and politically enforced conformity.”
The authors note how “government power, social management and educational indoctrination” are constantly increasing in Europe.
“European societies are fraying badly,” they state, noting, “It is not just Islamic terror that brings heavily armed soldiers into our streets. Riot police are now necessary to quell violent anti-establishment protests and even to manage drunken crowds of football fans. The fanaticism of our football loyalties is a desperate sign of the deeply human need for solidarity, a need that otherwise goes unfulfilled in the false Europe.”
Reject ‘utopian fantasy of a multicultural world without borders’
The Paris Statement proposes the embracing of reality and encouragement of critical thinking.
“We must recover an abiding respect for reality,” it says. “Language is a delicate instrument, and it is debased when used as a bludgeon. We should be patrons of linguistic decency.”
National unity and solidarity, the restoration of a “moral culture,” and the restoration of marriage and family life are essential to rebuilding society, the statement says.
In this moment, we ask all Europeans to join us in rejecting the utopian fantasy of a multicultural world without borders. We rightly love our homelands, and we seek to hand on to our children every noble thing that we have ourselves received as our patrimony. As Europeans, we also share a common heritage, and this heritage asks us to live together in peace as a Europe of nations. Let us renew national sovereignty, and recover the dignity of a shared political responsibility for Europe’s future.
French, Belgian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, English, German, and Dutch philosophers and academics signed the document. It’s available online in nine languages.
CONSERVATIVE SCHOLARS CALL EUROPEANS TO RETURN TO CHRISTIAN ROOTS
by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • October 19, 2017
‘The Paris Statement’ warns secularist, multiculturalist trends spell ruin
PARIS (ChurchMilitant.com) – A group of top conservative scholars is calling for a renewal of European civilization.
Earlier this month, 10 leading European intellectuals, including Catholic philosophers Robert Spaemann, Rémi Brague and Ryszard Legutko, issued “The Paris Statement,” a diagnosis of Europe’s ills and a prescription for their cure.
The Paris Statement’s fundamental message to Europeans: Remember who you are.
“Europe, in all its richness and greatness, is threatened by a false understanding of itself. This false Europe imagines itself as a fulfillment of our civilization, but in truth, it will confiscate our home.”
Home, the statement says, is “a place where things are familiar and where we are recognized, however far we have wandered. This is the real Europe, our precious and irreplaceable civilization.”
But Europeans are threatened with the loss of their home, the real Europe, these scholars warn. Europe is losing its heart, its soul — its Christian heritage. In its place, they describe the building of a secularist Babel, a “false Europe” devoid of faith, hope and charity.
The statement signatories aptly describe the builders and patrons of the false Europe as deceived and “bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress.”
These signatories claim:
They believe that history is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing. Moreover, they are ignorant of the true sources of the humane decencies they themselves hold dear — as do we.
The fundamental source of these humane decencies, these cultural ethics and social norms, is Christianity, which “they ignore, even repudiate.”
The Paris Statement spotlights the contemporary misunderstanding of freedom in today’s Europe, noting license is confused for liberty: “The false Europe boasts of an unprecedented commitment to human liberty. This liberty, however, is very one-sided. It sells itself as liberation from all restraints: sexual freedom, freedom of self-expression, freedom to ‘be oneself.'”
Europe’s graying radicals, it notes, cling to license as their great trophy, their reward for overthrowing the Christian culture of their ancestors. “They see themselves as great liberators, and their transgressions are acclaimed as noble moral achievements, for which the whole world should be grateful.”
But in fact, the reality is grim:
For Europe’s younger generations, however, reality is far less gilt with gold. Libertine hedonism often leads to boredom and a profound sense of purposelessness. The bond of marriage has weakened. In the roiling sea of sexual liberty, the deep desires of our young people to marry and form families are often frustrated. A liberty that frustrates our heart’s deepest longings becomes a curse. Our societies seem to be falling into individualism, isolation and aimlessness. Instead of freedom, we are condemned to the empty conformity of consumer- and media-driven culture. It is our duty to speak the truth: The Generation of ’68 destroyed but did not build. They created a vacuum now filled by social media, cheap tourism and pornography.
The statement authors observe that Europe’s abandonment of Christianity has bred a culture of dehumanization and decline. Across the continent “an aimless materialism” prevails, a spirit of sterility “unable to motivate men and women to have children and form families.”
The end result of the false Europe, with its spiritually barren secularism, its isolation and alienation of the individual, its amputation of citizenry from faith, is anger.
“As social divisions and civic distrust become more apparent, European public life grows angrier, more rancorous and no one can say where it will end.”
The Paris Statement scholars rally fellow Europeans, “We must not continue down this path. We need to throw off the tyranny of the false Europe. There is an alternative.”
They prescribe “theological self-knowledge,” saying Europe must recognize and reject the prevailing pseudo-religion of today, building the new Babel — the relentless drive for ever-closer union among states to form a secular, multicultural (that is, non-Christian) federal European state.
In place of this, Europe must reconnect to its Christian roots, the “universal spiritual empire of the Church,” which “brought cultural unity to Europe but did so without political empire.”
“It is no accident,” the authors observe, “that the decline of Christian faith in Europe has been accompanied by renewed efforts to establish political unity — an empire of money and regulations, covered with sentiments of pseudo-religious universalism, that is being constructed by the European Union.”
They paint Europe’s future as resting in a renewed commitment to its best traditions.
“Europe did not begin with the Enlightenment,” they argue. “Our beloved home will not be fulfilled with the European Union. The real Europe is, and always will be, a community of nations at once insular, sometimes fiercely so, and yet united by a spiritual legacy that, together, we debate, develop, share — and love.
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Stephen Wynne is a staff writer for Church Militant.
Metropolitan Hilarion: Europe Must Defend Christian Roots
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for external affairs, believes Europe must defend its Christian roots and change its immigration policies or “face annihilation.”
Speaking to the Register Oct. 12 at a conference for persecuted Christians in Budapest, Hungary, the Russian Orthodox leader warned that if Europe “officially denies Christ and Christianity, in a few generations there will be other people living in Europe professing other faiths.”
He congratulated the Hungarian government for the attention it is giving to persecuted Christians, and also praised its Prime Minister, Victor Orban, for urging Western nations to put aside “political correctness” and draw attention to concrete problems.
What is your opinion on Hungary’s unique help for persecuted Christians?
I think it’s very important that Hungary is a country which takes the issue of persecution of Christians very seriously. Also it is one of very few countries whose officials are openly speaking about persecution of Christians. There are many countries that would prefer to avoid speaking about persecution of Christians and instead use other phrases such as discrimination of religious minorities. Hungary, in the person of its Prime Minister Viktor Orban who spoke at this conference, is very outspoken about this phenomenon. And as a country, it not only speaks about helping Christians, but helps Christians.
How are they doing this?
We heard today about several projects, including donations to Syrian Christian churches, scholarships for Christian students from the Middle East. Also what I find it very important about Mr. Orban’s position is that we should not provide help for Middle Eastern Christians here in Europe, but we should provide possibilities for them to stay in their homes. It is for them to stay in their homes or return to their homes.
Viktor Orban spoke about the need to do away with political correctness when it comes to addressing the issue. Are you of the same view?
Yes I am very much of the same mind and we in the Russian Orthodox Church always try to name things the way they are. I’m glad there is a politician in the European Union who, contrary to trends of political correctness, says what he thinks.
How is Russian Orthodox Church working with Hungary in practical terms to help persecuted Christians?
We do not, as yet, have common projects although I think we may develop some. We have close links with the Hungarian government and we have a common vision of the situation in the Middle East, on what should be done for the Middle East Christians.
There is a different kind of persecution going on in West. What can Hungary teach us from its past, especially with regards to immigration?
I think the immigration policy of most countries of the EU is very shortsighted and in the long run it may bring disastrous results for European identity. I also believe Europe, which denies its own Christian identity and Christian roots, will be destined to annihilation. If Europe officially denies Christ and Christianity, in a few generations there will be other people living in Europe professing other faiths.
As in parts of the Middle East?
Yes, but in the Middle East, Christians are not denied their Christian identity, so their situation is quite different. In the Middle East, they are forced to leave because nobody seems to care to protect them. In Europe, on the contrary, many governments, official rhetoric and political correctness, deny Europe as a Christian continent. I believe it is only by continuing to be Christian and identifying itself as a Christian continent that Europe can survive.
On Ukraine, the Greek Catholics in the country are concerned about being cast aside by the Holy See to build better relations with Russian Orthodox Church. How much is that a concern you share?
I should not comment on relations between UGCC and the Vatican, it’s an internal affair of the Catholic Church but I can say the rhetoric used by the UGCC regarding the current situation and the canonical Orthodox Church is rather aggressive. I believe it is not a rhetoric that should be used in this situation. The role of the churches is to bring peace and not to bring a clash.
Edward Pentin is the Register’s Rome correspondent
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- The vocation of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1968
- Marriage as Covenant, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1974
- Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1986
- Gratitude: Foundation for marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1980
- True Meaning of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1972
- Marriage and incompatibility, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2112
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