Sad Times: French court orders removal of cross from statue of John Paul II

Originally Published at Aleteia 

French court orders removal of cross from statue of John Paul

Ruling says the cross violates Frances’s separation of Church and state.

After a decade-long legal battle, France’s top administrative court has ruled that a town in Brittany remove a cross over a statue of Pope John Paul II because it violates a 1905 law banning any “religious sign or emblem” in a public space.

The prime minister of Poland, upon hearing of the fate of the cross, offered to have it shipped to Poland to “save it from censorship,” the Telegraph reported.

“Our great Pole, a great European, is a symbol of a Christian, united Europe,” she said.

“The dictates of political correctness” and “secularization of the state” were promoting “values which are alien to our culture, which leads to terrorizing Europeans in their everyday life,” she added.

The Telegraph reported that the Catholic Church called the ruling “balanced” and in keeping with the 1905 law.

The mayor of Ploërmel, the town in Brittany at the center of the controversy, has proposed a compromise: rather than remove the cross, he would like to sell the public land it is on to a private investor.

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One thought on “Sad Times: French court orders removal of cross from statue of John Paul II

  • November 8, 2017 at 5:39 am
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    Maybe we should separate the state from public life instead of the church – by taking away their livelihood i.e. do not vote for them and refuse to pay their salaries. Then they would come back to the church very quickly and stop harming religious citizens. This is like a repeat of the fiercely anti church policies of French state after the French Revolution in the 18-th century, where 120,000 to 600,000 Catholics were massacred by the state i. e. Vendee, France genocide, better known as The Terror. Are we heading in that direction in a more atheistic Europe? God help us.

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