After Pope John Paul II’s death on April 2, the European Parliament was torn over a “difficult” decision – whether to lower the flags of the European Institution to half-mast. It seems that some members thought it was inappropriate to honor one of the most pro-European statesmen who ever lived with such a simple gesture. Eventually, they came to their senses and agreed to do so.

Now it seems that the Polish members of the Euro Parliament have bit off more than they can chew – they want to name an entire wing of the parliament building in Brussels after the late Pontiff and beloved compatriot. The reason for the cold feet now is the Catholic Church’s teachings on contraception, homosexuality, and even the perceived response to the paedophilia scandals in the US.

“The European Parliament is not the Holy See of Rome,” said one Alejandro Alvaro, just in case there was any doubt.

Update: In a foreseeable move, the Young European Federalists have opposed naming any EU buildings after the late Pope.

  • James W.

    I think most practicing christians who have been to western european countries can sense something amiss over there. Yes, American culture is lacking in morality. However it is not(yet)as spiritually comatose as western europe. Reflecting on history I blame the first world war. This war, nearly a hundred years ago already, set the stage for everything to follow. It killed about a quarter of the male population of child rearing age. It severed the paternal bonds that hold families and society together. A whole generation of children at the time were fatherless, and thus cut from the traditional moorings of society, including religion. It’s “peace” treaties set the stage for facsism and communism to take hold. These evil philosophies never took root in America as in Europe because they emerged well after our time of ruin during the civil war, allowing our country to recover while in it’s weakest state.

    The first world war allowed a generation of morally weak europeans raised in its wake to create even more ruin and thus morally weak europeans to follow. The continent never really recoverd from the world wars, or the poisonous theories of socialism and statism which has locked europeans into a perpetual state of spiritual weakness.