A former president of
the European Parliament says politics
needs Benedict XVI's message for Lent 2010.
The message, dated
Oct. 30, was released today. It is on the theme of justice. Pöttering
was president of the European Parliament from 2007 till last
July. "If we want to preserve freedom and if we want to
increase justice, then we have to
place the value of fraternity or solidarity at the center of
our political thinking," Pöttering said in presenting
The former Parliament leader suggested that Europe has
achieved a "unique political wonder in
the spirit of solidarity, that hardly anybody would
have considered possible at the end of the Second World
"We have proven ourselves with the
principle of solidarity evident between the states and the
peoples of the old and the new European Union," he
contended. "Lately, the joint measures taken to combat the
financial crisis have shown that
a common way of thinking and a joint
policy are possible in the European Union."
"The determination with which Europe and the world have
reacted to the financial crisis shows that
international cooperation can overcome
huge challenges. A similar firmness is equally necessary in
the fight against worldwide poverty," he reflected.
"It is exactly here that politics has to adopt the Lenten
Message of the Holy Father," Pöttering declared.
"We need again a European spirit of
solidarity. And, more than ever, we need a European spirit
of solidarity with all peoples and cultures of this one
world. Those are the two most important social-ethical tasks
that the European Union faces."
The former Parliament leader went on suggest that
Europe needs to bring about a