Italy: The Crucifix Affair Is Going To Be Rejudged by the European Court of Human Rights

Source: FSSPX News

“Not to have to see a crucifix is a right”.  Such was the substance of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (see DICI n°205) in its ruling dated November 3, 2009, wishing thus to eradicate all Catholic signs from the European public schools.  But in the face of the revolt of Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and above all of Italy where this decision was repealed, the high jurisdiction headquarters in Strasbourg admitted on the 2nd of this past March, that the question will need to be “re-judged”.  This is certainly the first time in its history that the European Court of Human Rights finds itself thus denied.  In Poland, in Slovakia and in Austria, the national parliaments reaffirmed their attachment to visible and public signs of Christianity, even going so far as to adopt resolutions against this ruling.

According to the European Center for Law and Justice, an NGO specialized in “the defense of the freedom of religion and of conscience”, “not a few are worried by this character often more political than legal of the decisions of the Court of Strasbourg over the past ten years.”  A political orientation rules in a way very close to the French conception of secularism, but very far from the reality of several European countries.  Thus, in Italy, the State establishments scarcely hesitate to declare themselves Catholic, as the example of the little city of Goito (10,000 inhabitants) in the north of the country testifies.  This city's communal council has adopted a regulation that accepts into public school kindergarten only children from families that “accept the Christian inspiration in life”.  The regulation stipulates that the institution “has always been run according to criteria inspired by Christianity”.  When contacted by the Italian newspaper L'Unita, the director confirms that “the school aims at the finality of education and the development of the personality of the children in a Christian view of life, with the collaboration of the parents.”  The city's mayor added that “the staff being Catholic, this reality has simply been regularized.”

(Sources: apic/eclj/L'Unita/rtbf – DICI n°212, March 20, 2010)