Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Turkey: Pope supports EU membership

Reminder - this is a comment from Turkey's prime minister and the Vatican was quick to make this statement: Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said:

"The Holy See has neither the power nor the specific political task of intervening on the exact point regarding the entry of Turkey into the European Union. It's not in its scope. However, it views positively and encourages the road of dialogue and of moving toward integration in Europe on the basis of common values and principles."

I don't understand this...what changed?
Ratzinger asserts Vatican stand against Turkey EU membership (this is dated 2004) & Sandro Magister's -Europe Is Christian, but Turkey's Crescent Moon Shines in its Skies

One source of opposition is a highly authoritative Vatican official: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Ratzinger has recently voiced his opposition on two occasions: in an August 13 interview with "Le Figaro Magazine," and in a speech on September 18 to the pastoral workers of his titular diocese, Velletri, which was published in the Catholic newspaper of the Swiss town of Lugano, "Il Giornale del Popolo." In both cases, he specified that he was expressing his own opinion, not that of the Holy See.

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