Proposals to Mention Religion in EU Constitution Cheer Bishops
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ROME, OCT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Community is welcoming proposals by the European People's Party to mention religion in a future EU Constitution.
Bishop Josef Homeyer, president of COMECE, signaled approval of the proposals in written correspondence to Wilfried Martens, president of the European People's Party.
At a recent congress in Portugal, the EPP adopted a document entitled "A Constitution for a Strong Europe." Bishop Homeyer welcomed the inclusion in the document of the following points:
-- "Europe should transform into practical action its moral duty of solidarity with poorer countries;
-- "The Union respects the spiritual traditions and cultural, linguistic and legal diversities of its member states;
-- "The Preamble to the Constitution must recall what Europe owes to its religious heritage."
Bishop Homeyer also expressed the hope that it would be possible to formulate a reference to God in the European Constitution that would be acceptable to believers and nonbelievers alike.
COMECE is a commission of the Catholic bishops' conferences of the EU member states. The bishops' conferences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland are associate members.