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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004, 07:20 AM
Vatican condemns EU 'inquisition'

Buttiglione incurred the wrath of socialist MEPs

A senior Vatican cardinal says there is an anti-Catholic "inquisition" in Europe, evidenced in the controversy over the remarks of Rocco Buttiglione.

"It is a lay inquisition but it is so nasty," Cardinal Renato Martino told the news agency Reuters.

Mr Buttiglione's comments on marriage and women prompted a committee of the European Parliament to vote against his candidacy as EU commissioner.

Mr Buttiglione said on Sunday he was the victim of a "hate campaign".

The row comes ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote on 27 October on whether to accept the proposed new EU Commission.


During a confirmation hearing last week, Mr Buttiglione said he regarded homosexuality a "sin", and that marriage existed to allow women to have children and the protection of a male.

On Friday Mr Buttiglione was reported as having said single mothers were not very good people. He later said he had been quoted out of context.

The political science professor, considered to be one of the closest friends and counsellors of Pope John Paul II, labelled this campaign an "inquisition".

This word was echoed by Cardinal Martino, the head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, in his interview with Reuters on Monday.

"It looks like a new inquisition," he said.

He said there was a "new anti-Catholicism" in which "you can freely insult Catholics and nobody will tell you anything".

The row over Mr Buttiglione's appointment has made life difficult for incoming Commission President Jose Barroso, who is tasked with putting together a new executive team.

Barroso tight-lipped

In the past Mr Barroso has played down Mr Buttiglione's remarks.

But on Monday Mr Barroso's spokeswoman refused explicitly to endorse the candidacy of Mr Buttiglione, saying only that Mr Barroso remained confident that the EU Parliament would endorse his proposed team at the 27 October vote.

Socialist MEPs - who are 200 of the 731-member Parliament - have already threatened to use their power of veto if Mr Buttiglione's portfolio is not reduced.

At present, many of the duties of the role relate to civil liberties.

The assembly has no right to veto individual members of the Commission. It can only decide to veto the whole team.

Mr Barroso will meet EU Parliament leaders for talks on the proposed make-up of the new Commission on Thursday.

[Source (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3754206.stm)]

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004, 12:30 PM
In fact it is a new inquisition which tests the "belief" of every official and in the near future of every average person as well. This opinion-terror of the pseudotolerant liberals is so strong, that even in the private area certain comments could cause problems...and I dont speak about "Nazi-propaganda" but just similar things like Mr. Buttiglione said. The idea good = politically correct, individualistic and pluralistic, and everything else, no matter how good the arguments are, is widespread especially under the the "intellectuals".

Just the punishment is not that hard like it was in the inquisistion, but the intended purpose is the same and even the Christian inquisition began as a small and relatively harmless discussion about "whats right or wrong..."

Mr. Buttiglione just said what every sane person, concerned for certain values and the own folk, community, would have said, and therefore its once more a sign for the total degeneration of thoughts in our "liberal-pluralisistic" society and its pseudotolerant rulers in the media and the politics.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004, 02:22 PM
In Sweden this new "politically correct" inquisition already has claimed lifes, by this I mean that immigrants feel that it is their right to assault and murder nationalists. And by looking at the punishments they receive in court (extremely low, like paying fines for murder), you get the impression that they have interpreted reality correctly.

You can easily loose your job as well if you say anything heretical, especially in the public sector.