Pope Benedict has come down hard on the EU for excluding any reference to God and the Christian heritage of Europe in a declaration to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding treaty on Sunday.Some nerve to say that the enlightment was thanks to Christianity when in fact the enlightment was the first step of secularism?
"Does not this unique form of apostasy of itself, even before God, lead it (Europe) to doubt its very identity?"
“Europe's Judeo-Christian roots and common cultural heritage, as well as the classic and humanist history of Europe and the achievements of the period of enlightenment, are the foundation of our political family," said the statement.
Christianity Today, March 25, 2007
"Pope Benedict XVI: European Secularism is a Form of Apostasy
The Catholic Church continues to have trouble with the increasing secularism and secularization of Europe. People just don't have as much use or need for religion and traditional churches like they used to, and this has been difficult for ecclesiastical leaders to accept. Recently, an anniversary declaration about the EU failed to mention Christianity and this caused Pope Benedict XVI to throw a fit."