6 responses to “Clashing Values: Brexit and the Dreams of Pope Francis

  1. Kevin I think you’ve missed the ball here. Certainly there is an issue of worry about immigrants in the UK; but ou also have a group of un-elected officials in Brussels trying to tell everyone in Europe what the rules are. And that is resented. It’s not necessary for there to be an EU in it’s present form, for the European countries and people to cooperate with each other.

    • Thanks for the comments. The EU has its faults, but it is an intergovernmental body directed by member states (who are elected), the EU as a body is one of the major supporters of democratic formed of governments throughout the world, and it also has a parliament, which (and I think this needs a lot of improvement) is way more active than the US Congress in passing legislation these days.

  2. It seems to me that Brexit embodies the same fears that American citizens have of the TPP. I have not read the details of the EU agreements with each country, but I suspect Brexit objections to the agreement have to do with a non-elected, foreign hierarchy making decisions that the citizens have no say in. While there may be some in the Brexit movement who are xenophobic, it is probably not just to paint them all with the same brush.

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  4. Thanks Kevin for the article. I agree. But let’s not forget the conditions: at the beginning, the big danger was the soviet Union at the borders, including in Austria, and it was necessary to be united to face this danger, Church has supported EU also because of fear of communism. After 1989, things became different, Enemies became more than supporters. Pope Benedict was very critic regarding EU, accusing her of apostasy, (of course with no responsibility of the Church). In Caritas in Veritate Benedict speaks many times on common good but never mentions EU. And finally the spirit of liberalism (act along your interest) has dissolved the cement of cooperation inside and between states. A state who wants to remain in the EU will say: “it is our interest”, but never “it is the interest of the europeans”. What to do now ? How to say that the other is the one who helps us to grow and vv. In France we are entering in a desperating time of elections, where everything will be used for personal careers including the death of 84 people in Nice.

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