At EU, Faithful Christians Need Not Apply? | First Things

Eight years ago the European Parliament denied towering Italian intellectual Rocco Buttiglione a position as European Commissioner for Justice because of his faithful Catholicism. Asked in a hearing if he agreed with the Catholic Church’s teaching that homosexual acts are sinful, he said yes, he agreed with the teaching, but this would not prevent him from faithfully carrying out the laws of the European Union related to everyone including homosexuals. This was too much for the sexual left firmly ensconced in the European institutions, and Buttiglione was voted down. The event caused a scandal in Catholic circles and turned Buttiglione, a highly respected but not widely known academic, into a rock star among faithful Catholics around the world. Tonio Borg, foreign minister of Malta, has been nominated to become the next European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. His nomination has sent the European sexual left into a lather. But it looks like the left-wing members of the European Parliament learned a lesson from the Buttiglione debacle. What could have turned into Buttiglione II may have been averted—though the result may likely be the same, that is, the denial of a high European post to a faithful Catholic.

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