Monday, January 18, 2010

Ode to Joy and the EU Flag

The myth of the "Marian seal" on the European Union flag -

Why the sign of Our Lady reigns over Europe - by Angelo Stagnaro 4 December 2009 The Catholic Herald

Roman Catholic values to dominate the EU - Monday, September 18, 2006 Archbishop Cranmer

EU president picks Catholic forum to outline vision - Thursday 7 January 2010

So, I'm just wondering what kind of flag we would have if we became a North American union or some such thing resembling the current EU, with their own newly appointed president and EU flag. I've got some ideas: a picture of the Holy Bible? How about "WWJD" or the word of God as a double-edged sword? I like the dove of peace, personally.

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"The anthem of the EU “Ode to Joy” also contains religious symbolism. “Ode to Joy” is the prelude to the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which has religious implications. EU publications state that the anthem really is an “ode to freedom, community, and peace”, however the lyrics, by Friedrich von Schiller, are actually about the entering of the shrine of a pagan goddess and the uniting of all men in brotherhood, by the power of magic...The EU constitution has also raised the ire of protestant leaders by banning the mention of Christianity as part of Europe’s cultural heritage, while at the same time, including references to the civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment. " Is the E.U. the Revived Roman Empire? -

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Related links:

Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton: the EU's perfect couple of nobodies by William Langley 21 Nov 2009

Belgian PM is first 'president of Europe' - November 19, 2009 CNN

EU equality law is an 'instrument of oppression', Roman Catholic bishops warn - by Simon Caldwell, 03 Aug 2009

UK equality laws 'fall short of EU requirements', says Commission OUT-LAW.COM • Posted in IT Director, 26th November 2009

The UK vs. The EUSSR by Paul Belien December 2, 2009 Hudson New York

Euroscepticism - Wikipedia

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Religion in the European Union Wikipedia

Papal Rome and the European Union - Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen

Europe’s True Nature Exposed by Ryan Malone, From the August 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

"No Protestant denomination born of the Reformation believes in the Real Presence of Christ--this should not come as a surprise to any. At the heart of this rejection of Jesus is the rejection of apostolic succession. This is a critical distinction between Catholicism and Protestantism." - Pope's "Controversial" Statement on Protestantism Reveals the Necessity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ 24/07/07, Real Clear Religion

Apostolic Succession - Wikipedia

The Eucharist - Catholic Bible 101

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