Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has strongly condemned the shelved European Union plan to ban the word “Christmas.” In an interview with Vatican News the Catholic prelate said the EU plan to replace “Christmas” with “holiday” to stop the use of names like Mary and John as out of touch with reality.
Though the EU plan is shelved it has left a bitter taste in the mouth of most Europeans. The plan was to make Europe more inclusive. but the backlash it generated made EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli to backtrack on a number of inclusivity provisions, recommending the expression “Christmas period” be replaced with “festive period,” and advised against using names such as Mary and John as examples in publications.
The draft was cancelled as being “not a mature document,” with Dalli saying it will be reworked and promising her commission will revisit the issue with an updated version that will cater to different genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnic backgrounds and cultures in a diverse Europe.
The cardinal said the EU plan does “not know how to respect even the rightful differences, the tendency to homologate everything poses a risk of destroying the person. it’s right to try to erase all discrimination. The document promoted the cancellation of our roots.”
“We must rediscover the capacity to integrate all these realities without ignoring them, without fighting them, without eliminating and marginalizing them.” The cardinal bishop concluded.
Source Vatican News Agency
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