‘I can assure you that the European Commission is not the Antichrist’ – EU official tells New York Times

Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s official responsible for outreach to both religious and secular groups has told The New York Times, “I can assure you that the European Commission is not the Antichrist.” The EU official made this denial in response to Archbishop Zvolensky’s observation, based on his experience of the European Commission, that ‘There is a movement in the European Union that wants total religious neutrality and can’t accept our Christian traditions”.

Stanislav Zvolensky is the Archbishop of Bratislava, Slovakia, a country that has confronted the European Commission attempting to censor the image of the Cross and halos from its currency. The New York Times reports:

‘…late last year, the National Bank of Slovakia announced that the European Commission, the union’s executive arm, had ordered it to remove halos and crosses from special commemorative euro coins due to be minted this summer. The coins, designed by a local artist, were intended to celebrate the 1,150th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Slovak lands but have instead become tokens of the faith’s retreat from contemporary Europe. They featured two evangelizing Byzantine monks, Cyril and Methodius, their heads crowned by halos and one’s robe decorated with crosses, which fell foul of European diversity rules that ban any tilt toward a single faith.’

The New York Times also reports that the European Commission denies the Christian influence on the flag of the European Commission:

‘Even the European Union’s flag — a circle of 12 yellow stars on a blue background — has a coded Christian message. Arsène Heitz, a French Catholic who designed the flag in 1955, drew inspiration from Christian iconography of the Virgin Mary wearing a crown with 12 stars. The same 12 stars appear on all euro coins…The Brussels bureaucracy, in its official account of Mr. Heitz’s religion-tinged flag, ignores the Virgin Mary, stating instead that the 12 stars “symbolize the ideal of unity, solidarity and harmony among the people of Europe.”

Gudrun Kugler, director of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, a Vienna-based research and lobbying group commented:“ There is a general suspicion of anything religious, a view that faith should be kept out of the public sphere. There is a very strong current of radical secularism,” she said, adding that this affects all religions but is particularly strong against Christianity because of a view that “Christianity dominated unfairly for centuries” and needs to be put in its place.

 Archbishop Zvolensky does see one encouraging sign: Slovakia’s national bank has decided to stick with its original coin design and abandon plans for a halo-free minting in honor of Cyril and Methodius. The European Commission has gone along with this, and the commemorative coins will finally be minted next month — two months later than originally planned — but with halos and crosses.

Protect the Pope comment: The European Commission may not be the Antichrist, but it is creating an antichrist culture through its militant promotion of abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, and the exclusion of Christianity from public life. It is in this antichrist culture that eventually the Antichrist will emerge.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/world/europe/a-more-secular-europe-divided-by-the-cross.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0

 

11 comments to ‘I can assure you that the European Commission is not the Antichrist’ – EU official tells New York Times

  • Michael Petek

    How do you get Katharina von Schnurbein’s name to add up to 666?

  • ms Catholic state

    Well well well…..an admission of sorts by the Evil EU that such a thing as an Anti-Christ exists. Of course they are anti-Christs in that they are moved by the same spirit that drove the USSR ie the elimination of Christianity. They’re methods differ slightly for now.

    And thank God the Slovakian bankers (of all people)have decided to assent to Christianity in defiance of the EU. The suffering of Christians has not been totally in vain. It is beginning to bear fruit now. Deus Gratias. Personally I would like a European flag with a Cross on it. The 12 stars is open to interpretation.

  • ms Catholic state

    Any grown-up who can seriously take offense at the sight of halos around Sts Cyril and Methodius’ heads on a coin….really have an acute case of anti-Christianitis.

    Honestly….it is completely laughable!

    • John Dare

      Lets just take this a step further Ms. If say an eastern EU country decided to put the star and crescent on its coins, would the EU have been right to object? Or a picture of Saladin?

      • ms Catholic state

        If the people of an Eastern nation want a star and crescent on their coins…..then they should have it.

        Being dictated to by a bunch of secular humourless anti-Christs…..is a bit too much for a Catholic like me. They do not represent me….and I like to be represented by people like me. Religion is so much richer and human than secularism anyday. And the patronising way they think they know what’s best for us ‘poor dumb religious folk’ is annoying.

        • John Dare

          Maybe the point is that we don’t love in monolothic single religion states these days. We can’t really have chrsitian coins, muslim, hindu, satanist, atheist coins. Or maybe we could, but it would be a bit of a muddle ;)

          • ms Catholic state

            Well Christianity is the dominant and historical religion….not to mention the True Faith. It should also be the official religion of Europe. People who immigrate to Europe know of its Christian heritage beforehand….and should respect that.

          • Tim

            My American friends are always amazed when I show them a Bank of England tenner. In the more backwards parts of the US of A, that would be seen as “atheist money”.

    • Tim

      It wasn’t the EU that had a problem with the halos on the coins. It was the French Government which objected after being consulted by the EU along with all the other Eurozone countries. The story could equally well be “16 out of 17 European countries have no problem with halos on coins”. But as the coins will circulate in all 17 countries, all 17 have the power of veto.

  • John Fannon

    Didn’t Ian Paisley accuse the EU of being the Antichrist some years ago? It all makes sense.
    The old rogue was being prescient then!

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