Some surprising words from Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy the first President of Europe and Devout Roman Catholic

I was genuinely pleasantly surprised to read some of the past statements (2004) from our new European Emperor (The first for 500 years)

Here is a couple from the EU Observer:-

“Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe,”

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“An expansion of the EU to include Turkey cannot be considered as just another expansion as in the past. The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey,”

It also transpires that he is a devout Roman Catholic. So we have a devout Roman Catholic leading a secular European Empire?

Gosh, this is going to be more interesting than I first thought.

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One Response to “Some surprising words from Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy the first President of Europe and Devout Roman Catholic”

  1. Pew Sitter Says:

    This is Damien Thompson’s Negative comments today:-

    The appointment of Herman Van Rompuy as “President of Europe” is a gift to conspiracy theorists who fear the re-emergence of a Europe dominated by Rome. The wellspring of the Belgian’s Eurofederalism, like that of the EU’s founders, is his Catholic faith. He makes monthly retreats to a Benedictine monastery; even his wife is overawed by “the force he can find in his faith”.

    I can already see the words “Holy Roman Empire” forming on the lips of Eurosceptics whose mistrust of the EU draws on a dislike of Catholicism. And perhaps there is just a grain of truth in the jibe: for Van Rompuy is determined to preserve the Christian character of Europe. That’s why he opposes Turkish entry to the EU. As he put it in 2004:

    “The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey.”

    That precisely mirrors the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI; indeed, it’s hard to argue with. The sad thing is that Van Rompuy and his allies in the Vatican are deluded enough to think that federalism can help preserve Europe’s Christian identity. On the contrary, the federal project will be enforced by secular bureaucrats who, even if they come from nominally Catholic countries, are the intellectual heirs of anticlerical Leftists. The undemocratic appointment of an EU President will only strengthen them in their resolve to secularise Europe by, for example, banning crucifixes from classrooms. And how will Van Rompuy stop them? Write a haiku? Say a decade of the rosary?

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