UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE THERE IS NO HOPE FOR EUROPE
Europe continues down the road of secularization and de-christianization. This from Deutsche Welle: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she has "given up hope" of having a reference to Europe's Judeo-Christian heritage enshrined in the new version of the European Union constitution.
Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday at a meeting with religious leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths, Merkel said she "would like to have such a reference in the treaty ... but there are not many chances left."
Merkel, the daughter of a Protestant pastor and the leader of Germany's strongly Catholic CDU party, has been pushing strongly for a reference to Christianity in the new charter. However, any attempt to mention Christianity or God in the treaty has been strictly opposed by secular France, liberal countries such as Sweden and Denmark and by Britain. During the 2004 negotiations on the bloc's original constitution, there were concerns that any religious reference could anger Europe's Muslims and Jews.
Pope Benedict XVI has made it his mission to guard the Christian inheritance that the EU now squanders by deliberate ommission. Cardinal Bertone delivered a message from the Pope at "Together for Europe 2007" --a conference of 250 christian organizations that was held in Stuttgart Germany. Cardinal Bertone stated: 'I would like to mention in a particular way the loss of Europe's Christian memory and heritage, accompanied by a kind of practical agnosticism and religious indifference whereby many Europeans give the impression of living without spiritual roots and somewhat like heirs who have squandered a patrimony entrusted to them by history.'
"All human efforts would amount to nothing, were we to be separated from divine support, because 'unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build'."