Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, the Bishop of Trieste and emeritus chair of the International Observatory Cardinal Van Thuan for the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the most outstanding representatives of Catholic social teaching. He has now published a document on the coronavirus crisis, in which he states "the death of the European Union by Coronavirus". The Archbishop of Trieste wrote, among other things:
“The experience of the past few days has shown that the European Union is not only divided, but a phantom. There have been selfish disputes among member states rather than cooperation. Italy is isolated and left alone. The European Commission intervened late and the European Central Bank intervened poorly. Given the epidemic, every state has shut itself down. The resources that Italy needs to deal with the emergency, which would have been associated with currency devaluation at other times, for example, now depend on the Union's decisions, which we have to bow to.
“The Corona virus has definitely exposed the artificiality of the European Union. It is unable to achieve cooperation between the states to which it has imposed itself through the transfer of sovereignty. The lack of moral cement was not compensated for by the institutional and political cement. This inglorious end of the European Union by the corona virus is to be noted. It is also important to think that cooperation between European countries in the fight for health is also possible outside of supranational political institutions.”
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: Correspondenza Romana
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