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European Unity is another step towards the united world. It is advancement and success, under the pressure of popular claims of the natural law, Christian revelation, and moral and spiritual forces to which we could add the economic, political, scientific and technological pressure gravitating towards unification: the finalism of reason and morale, and of life in time and eternity. For Clemente Alessandrino – heir of Hellenic wisdom – unity is the good, and producer of life; division is the evil, and generator of death.
For Huxley every real progress of civilisation is a progress in charity. And charity is the sentiment that leads to make all one. It is not surprising that it is the soul of Christ whose testament ends in the vow: «so that all may be one.» Charity leads to integration, communion, and solidarity also in politics and economy. And here among the essential forces pushing towards European integration, we want to illustrate precisely the forces of the spirit, leaving apart the illustration of the political, economic, and social aspects.
Igino Giordani, «Fides», May 1961 p.130
Christianity and Europe
Europe is full of grudges like a warehouse of explosives kept alive by philosophies, false patriotism, myths and egoistic interests. In order not to blow up, Europe needs to remove all these inflammable materials: it needs a universal reconciliation which liberates from the past and looks to the future.
Who can carry out this “ministry of reconciliation?”» Its Christianity: this reserve of sanctity which Europe still guards and communicates to other continents. And Christianity implies a unification of liberty and peace, with the elimination of wars and other reasons for friction.
Igino Giordani, «Fides», May 1961 p.131