The Vatican is praising the decision after it’s campaign to remind Europe of it’s ‘Christian’ identity.
The case began with a Finnish woman, Soile Lautsi, living in Italy that complained her children should not be subjected to looking at the crucifix in their classrooms-that it interfered with the secular notion of public schools.
At first the Strasbourg-France European Court of Human Rights agreed with the mother. Italy appealed, which included a Pope-led Vatican campaign to keep the crucifixes in the schools. Poland (the home of the late Pope Paul II, soon to be “Saint”) also appealed along with many other European countries.
Due to the appeal, European countries may now request their governments to allow religious symbols in their public schools.
Rev. Frederico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press office said:
“a margin of judgment concerning the value of religious symbols in its own cultural history and national identity, including where the symbols are displayed.”
Lautsi’s husband and self-described atheist, Massimo Albertin said the outcome was due to the Vatican’s campaign, saying “the Vatican is too strong for individuals.” He continued,”Freedom of religion, freedom from discrimination, freedom of choice are fundamental principles and in this case they weren’t respected,”
Source: yahoo news
Lautsi’s husband is correct in saying the Vatican is too strong for individuals. The Vatican uses civil power to achieve spiritual goals.
This ruling will open doors to allowing all sorts of symbolism in schools, and it wont stop with the cross.
If public schools allow crucifixes, they will have to allow for Buddhas, Muslim symbols, pagan symbolism, right down to satanic symbols.
Will this not be the culmination of religion, to allow every religious symbol to coexist in the public school? Surely this is the one world religion unveiling itself in the public sphere. The Vatican has knowingly opened Pandora’s box. They will boast being the champion of “religious freedom”, as they strive to lead the world religion and the’ world church’.
Interestingly enough, the Vatican is entering into dialogue with atheists as I write this article, trying to bridge understanding between non-believers and Catholics. Where is it taking place? At the United Nations headquarters in Paris, of course.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Written by Sue