Europe : The European calendar ignores Christian holidays

Source: FSSPX News

For seven years now the European Commission, by way of the Generation Europe Foundation, has offered free of charge, to educational establishments in twenty-seven European countries, academic calendars and memo books—around 320,000 in France alone.  The new edition of more than three million copies, published at the cost of five million Euros, notes Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim holidays but omits all Christian holidays.

Thus, at the date “December 25” the reader learns that the first Christmas tree was set up in the fifteenth century in Estonia.  On April 24, Easter Sunday, the goddess Europa gets honorable mention.  As for the Monday after Pentecost, on that date the pupils will be able to learn by heart the definition of the word “xenophobia”….

Father Piotr Mazurkiewicz, Secretary General of the Commission of Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE) in Brussels, told the news agency Apic that the COMECE had contacted the European Commission to mention this problem.  It admitted having made a “mistake” in this matter.  As the Polish priest sees it, this oversight was made “deliberately”.  The Generation Europe Foundation, which has a four-year contract to print this calendar for the European Commission, says that it did not notice the problem.

Given the outcry that was provoked in Poland and Italy—such as the reaction of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini—Brussels forthwith presented excuses and announced that a calendar mentioning the Christian holidays would be sent to each of the establishments.  The European commissioner in charge of the job, John Dalli, regretted these “inconsistencies”.  This educational resource is sent “to the schools and instructors who request it,” a statement from the Commission explained.  In France, Laurent Wauquiez, the minister in charge of European affairs, uttered a “cry of anger”.  In remarks quoted by the daily newspaper La Croix on January 13, 2011, he opined that “this sort of Europe denies her Christian roots and covers what she is with a fig leaf.  The Europe of many steeples is not acknowledged.  Now, a repressed identity is an identity that takes revenge.”  (Source : apic/La Croix/ – DICI no. 228 dated January 22, 2011)