Bishops of the European Union React to "Inclusive Language" Guidelines saying “Respecting diversity cannot lead to suppressing religion from public discourse” FULL TEXT
“Respecting diversity cannot lead to suppressing religion from public discourse”
COMECE welcomes the withdrawal of the European Commission’s internal guidelines on inclusive communication on Tuesday 30 November 2021. The draft text contained several
While respecting the right of the European Commission to model its written and verbal communication, and appreciating the importance of equality and non-discrimination, COMECE
The draft guidelines, for example, discouraged EU Commission staff members from referring in their communications to ‘Christmas’
H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude
“Neutrality cannot mean relegating religion to the private sphere. Christmas is not only part of European religious traditions but also of European reality. Respecting religious diversity cannot lead to the paradoxical consequence of suppressing the religious element from public discourse”.
The COMECE President also highlighted that “while the Catholic
COMECE expresses its concern for the damage this circumstance may have brought to the image of the EU institutions and to the support for the European project in the Member States. It is to be hoped that a revised version of the document will take into account these concerns.