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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Defined by Malachi Martin in his seminal book "The Jesuits," Romanitas is the style of the political culture of give and take found in the Roman Curia....
(BBC NEWS): Pope Benedict XVI has reversed a controversial decision he took a year ago to downgrade the Vatican department which deals with the Islamic world.

The Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be restored to its former position as a department in its own right.

It is not clear if the department's former head, British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, will also be reinstated...

...In a rare about face, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, that the Council for Interreligious Dialogue would again become "a dicastery in its own right".

In March 2006, the Pope had downgraded the office by merging it with the Pontifical Council for Culture.

"The change highlights the importance of inter-religious dialogue," Cardinal Bertone said....

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August 2004 (CatholicNews): Reflecting the Vatican view that Europe must fight to retain its Christian identity, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has said that bringing Turkey into the European Union would put European culture at risk.

"Europe is a cultural and not a geographical continent," he said.

"Turkey always represented another continent throughout history, in permanent contrast with Europe," so to equate the two continents "would be a mistake," he told the magazine of the French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published last week.

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Rome, May. 30, 2007 ( - The Vatican's Secretary of State has signaled that the Holy See will support Turkey's bid for membership in the European Union.

Speaking to the Italian daily La Stampa, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said that "Turkey has come a long way" toward democracy and respect for human rights. The European community can accept the membership of an overwhelming Islamic society, he said, as long as "fundamental rules of cohabitation" are firmly in place...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So what changed? Why the Vatican reversal on all these issues dealing with Islam? The answer can be found here...

( ...Patriarch Bartholomew told a group of visiting German lawmakers that he had asked the Turkish government to overturn an existing rule that bars a non-Turk from being elected Patriarch of Constantinople. The Orthodox prelate suggested that Turkey adopt the policies of Egypt and Syria, which grant automatic citizenship to the patriarchs of Alexandria and Antioch. The Turkish government has not yet replied to his request, Bartholomew said.

Patriarch Bartholomew has been demanding greater respect for religious freedom in Turkey, and critics of the Turkish bid for EU membership have pointed to the Patriarch's complaints that Christians do not receive equal treatment under Turkish law...

...the Holy See would "look favorably" on Turkey's membership drive as long as the Ankara government respected the principles of religious freedom and equal justice under law. [Emphasis Added]

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What we have here is the classic case of the "carrot and the stick." By its willingness to back Turkey's admission into the EU, the Holy See effectively acknowledges that Europe's Christian identity is essentially lost, and secular relativism has failed, creating a new Islamic identity for Europe. However, the last statement in the story is revealing. While the Vatican admits defeat on the Christian identity of Europe, it simultaneously acknowledges that it's support of Turkey's admission to the EU is 100% dependent on Turkey's commitment to religious freedom and equal justice (for Christians) under the law. This puts the Turkish government in an awkward position, effectively forcing them to grant Patriarch Bartholomew's requests, or else risk loosing Vatican support for something Turkey so desperately wants and needs. The "carrot and the stick" have been extended, the Christian request for equal rights has been made, and now the ball is squarely in Ankara's court. Either they grant Patriarch Bartholomew's request and gain Vatican support, or deny it and loose their biggest chance of getting what they want. So goes the Vatican's political game of Romanitas.

Relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches have become of central importance to the Vatican since the Pope's November 2006 trip to Turkey, in which the Pope and Patriarch signed a Catholic-Orthodox Joint Declaration committing the two ecclesiastical bodies to the pursuit of full reunification, and effectively ending the 1,000 year schism between Eastern and Western Christianity. Clearly the Holy See views this with stronger gravity than the lost Christian identity of Europe, and is willing to use EU admission as a bargaining chip if it means bringing freedom to millions of Christians persecuted in Islamic nations. What we see here is a half-decade of careful calculation and precision strategy on the part of the Vatican, as the pope attempts to crack open the iron fist of Islamic rule. If successful, the office of Ecumenical Patriarch will effectively be given the freedom needed to play a much bigger role in the reunification of Catholic-Orthodox Christianity. These actions indicate that Pope Benedict XVI is trying to untie the hands of a much needed ally, so that the Church of the 21st Century can put the 1,000 year schism behind it, and go about the business of renewed worldwide evangelism.