A Soul for Europe
His Grace has consistently asserted that the EU is about ‘something more’ than mere economics, and deeper than politics. He is bemused that when such blatant spiritual objectives are stated, people persist in dismissing him as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ - not only Jesuit-educated anti-EU campaigners like Dr Richard North, but even the occasional unintelligent communicant on this august blog.
The stated belief is that culture can ‘promote the process of European unification’, because ‘all areas of European policy - regional development, economic, security, social and foreign policy - can become more effective if given a cultural dimension’. Fascinating. And what is this culture? Pro-European, anti-State, anti-individualist, socialist, federalist, ‘third way’ Catholic-ecumenism. Just about everything that is antithetical to the instincts and culture of the United Kingdom.
Human sympathy normally spreads outwards from individuals to families, then to extended families and friends, and onwards to form communities, regions and countries, as people discover common ties of kinship, language and culture. God made the nations with diverse qualities, and these variations of national characteristics and cultures display a wonder of creation. If the story of the Tower of Babel established anything, it was that segregation occurs along these lines, and that attempts to re-build a unified tower are doomed to failure. There was never meant to be a bland uniformity, and totalitarian governments which have attempted to impose such conformity have presided over nationalistic discontent and precipitated civil wars. Free states extend the hand of peace and friendship to their neighbours in an appreciation of other cultures and nations. The love of one’s own country permits an understanding of the love others have for theirs. No amount of patriotic feeling, nationalistic zeal or blindness to national diversity can lead to war: war is the manifestation of the lust for power and domination, especially the power of dictators motivated by trans-national ideologies based on race, class, religious ideals or utopianism - such as Nazism, Communism or totalitarianism. These have been the great scourge of Europe, and one of the principal barriers to their advance has been the patriotic resistance of nations determined to defend their own cultures, their rights, their liberties and heritage.