The founding fathers of the uniting Europe envisaged it during the Cold War as a group of free countries laying the foundations of unity and ready to defy the Communist system, meant to ensure lasting peace to this part of Europe. Undoubtedly, the issue of external security was a focus of their attention at that time, as those were the times of the frantic arms race, mainly between the United States and the Soviet Union. The race included conventional weapons, but especially modern weapons of mass destruction, i.e. atomic and hydrogen bombs together with their carriers - short- and long-range missiles, later on: intercontinental missiles.
The aforementioned founders had a holistic idea for a united Europe, i.e. one that concerns all of the crucial fields of life, one that assumes the acceptance of its centuries-old spiritual culture and material heritage, one that is a continuation of all that Europe had been. The intent to build an Europe of such external strength that it could effectively resist Communism could not have been different from the intent of defending its identity, i.e. what it is and what it has.
At the time, Communism in the Soviet Union had such an arsenal of conventional weapons at their disposal that they would ship them to many countries around the world. They even decided to send nuclear warheads to Cuba to have the United States at gunpoint. That physical threat prompted the uniting Europe to build its own economic power, manifesting itself in the setting up of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 as one of the first organisations of the future united Europe. In those times, coal and steel constituted strategic raw materials in the war-wrecked Europe. In 1957, under the treaties of the uniting countries, the European Atomic Energy Community was established.
All of it was done for the purpose of financially protecting themselves against the rival, military and threatening Soviet power that was ideologically appealing in the West, where powerful communist parties existed, mainly in France, Italy and in the German Democratic Republic. But it also existed in Spain and countries hostile that were hostile to the Soviet Union, yet turned a blind eye to the part of society that sympathized with the Marxist ideology. Western Europe forgot that the uniting Europe needs to strive to be someone, not just something. Concerned with the economy, the western Europeans sat down to a more and more abundant table, easily reached for better and better quality luxurious material goods, travelled around the world and got used to unrestrained freedom. And it all began to be sufficient for them. Spiritual values? These turned out to be redundant and, what is more, cumbersome because they required responsibility.
After 1989, people from the former bloc of the so-called people's democracies stepped into that satiated world, devoid of any lasting principles or spiritual values. People that were poor, that craved freedom and to see the world, but also people who were all too quick to forget that what liberated them from the physical and ideological enslavement and from civilizational backwardness was becoming conscious of their human dignity and a belief in the power of spirit and not the power of machine guns. A belief in freedom that gives opportunities for personal and social development, but never consents to threaten other people's freedom.
We did not enter a uniting Europe to forget where we are from and where we are going, to lose the eschatological dimension of humanity. Being aware of the evil surrounding us, since in this respect only its intensity has changed, we need to be able to protect and develop all that is genuine, good and beautiful in us and be ready to resist the temptation that heralds Heaven on earth propagated by those who want to impose a new ideology, a new way of life on the rest of the World. Imposed by those who kill the unborn in the name of freedom and maintaining that abortion is a human right. By those who force upon the society single-sex unions that are against nature. By those who suggest that we should treat a child as a sexual being from their birth and that the state, even against their parents' will, should ensure that the child has access to sexual and reproductive health services. How beautiful a definition of parenthood this is; clumsy and technical, just like from a production line.
We need to be aware of our rights. The European Union holds no authority with regard to ethical issues and is not entitled to demands from the member countries that they implement solutions dictated by the gender ideology, an ideology that is a continuation and dissemination of Marxist and atheistic ideas on customs and morality.
How to behave in such a situation? St. Peter appealed to his contemporaries, 'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith' (I Peter, 5,8) and John Paul II calmly adds, 'Do not fear!'
Author: Bp. Tadeusz Pieronek / pr-controlled.com ©
Illustration: Luca Giordano - The Rape of Europa