Pope: Elderly, haggard Europe crushed by bureaucracy

Pope: Elderly, haggard Europe crushed by bureaucracy

Europe’s era of philosophy and “great ideas” has been replaced by the “bureaucratic technicalities” of European Union institutions, Pope Francis has warned.

In a speech that was highly critical of contemporary political culture, the Pope told the European Parliament that the EU was in danger of being seen as “downright harmful” to Europe’s peoples. …

“The great ideas which once inspired Europe seem to have lost their attraction, only to be replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions.”

During a whistle-stop tour to Strasbourg, the French second seat of the EU assembly, the Pope criticised a continent that is “less and less a protagonist” in a world that regards Europe “somewhat elderly and haggard”. …

“The true strength of our democracies – understood as expressions of the political will of the people – must not be allowed to collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal, which weaken them and turn them into uniform systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires,” he said.

“This is one of the challenges which history sets before you today.”

The Pope also linked out of touch and remote EU institutions to an existential “loneliness” for Europeans who treated others, or are themselves treated by others, as objects.

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