A European Commission project aims to strike the word Christmas with a damnatio memoriae, in the name of the progressive concept of non-discrimination. The Vatican has succeeded in getting Brussels to rework the text.
“Long live Christmas, long live the Europe of common sense!” Antonio Tajani, founder of the Forza Italia party could no longer contain his joy on social networks, on November 30, 2021.
It must be said that the nativity scenes with the crib, the Child Jesus at the front, experienced a heatstroke that was rather unusual for a late autumn: in an internal regulation, Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner - in charge of “equality”- recommended that people should no longer wish each other “Merry Christmas,” in order to show respect for the different religious traditions.
Likewise, the expression “Christmas time” should give way to “holiday period”: and so the culture of erasure and cancellation advances masked beneath the trappings of “non-discrimination.”
The reaction was not long in coming from Rome: mobilizing the Italian “front” of the official Vatican information portal, the Secretary of State of the Holy See in person intervened to say loud and clear what he thought of this umpteenth attempt to negate the Christian roots of Europe.
A phenomenon which, let us say in passing, is not confined to the corridors of the Commission in Brussels: similarly, the Office of Commerce of the city of Besançon did not hesitate to push the ridiculous substitution of the words “Fantastic December” for those they consider to be discriminatory: “Merry Christmas.”
For Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the measure - which also wanted to prohibit the use of “madame” or “mademoiselle” - is anything but trivial: “there is the risk of destroying, of annihilating the person, from two principal directions. The first, that of the differentiation that characterizes our world, and today the trend is unfortunately to level everything.”
“The second: forgetting what is reality. But whoever goes against reality puts himself in great danger. And then there is the cancellation of what are the roots, especially with regard to Christian holidays, the Christian dimension of our Europe as well.”
Because, for the high prelate, there is no doubt that “Europe (owes) its existence and its identity to many influences, of which the principal one is Christianity.”
In Brussels, the message seems to have been received loud and clear, with the announcement of the backpedaling of the European commissioner: “the project was intended to highlight the inclusive character of the Commission, but these guidelines clearly need to be further developed,” said Helena Dalli, adding that the future revised document will take into account, as promised, the “concerns raised.”
The Besançon Office of Commerce, for its part, stands on its positions, ignoring – the incompetence sometimes makes one smile - that “fantastic” is defined in the dictionary by “what does not exist in reality”: the Besancon merchants will appreciate, those who must wish that their volume of business for Christmas is real, anything but… “Fantastic”!