Catholic Church leaders welcomed the outcome of key European Union elections as endorsing their continent’s unity, but also called for stronger dialogue in European politics.
“People have shown responsibility by voting. This is a very positive sign,” said the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, president of the Brussels-based Commission of European Union Bishops’ Conference, or COMECE.
“My message to politicians now is not just to engage in party politics, but to consider the needs of Europe’s citizens,” he said. “Europe is built on compromises, so we should move in that direction.”
In a recent Vatican Radio interview, Archbishop Hollerich said he was pleased that populist parties, despite a strong showing, had not “gained enough votes to block the parliament,” and that traditional mainstream centre-right and centre-left parties would have to negotiate with other parties.
He added that strong support for the Green Party, especially among young Europeans, would force mainstream politicians to recognise that an “integral ecology” had to be “at the heart of future politics.”
“I hope what now follows will be transparent to the voters, so they can feel politics is being done for them, and isn’t just power games in corridors,” he said.
Picture: A woman holds a placard during a demonstration called ‘No fascism in Belgium or in Europe!’ outside the European Parliament in Brussels on 28th May 2019. Catholic Church leaders welcomed the outcome of key European Union elections as endorsing their continent’s unity. (CNS photo/Piroschka van de Wouw, Reuters).