Hope for the Future

 

1.1    Our vision and hope is for a United Kingdom and a European Commonwealth built on the twin pillars of a just democracy and a fair market economy.  These must be constructed from the bottom up with the consent of the people and a renewal in moral virtue and responsibility.

True democracy must be responsible and based on absolute and unchanging core values which are ethical, such as the sanctity of all human life and the rule of just and reasonable law.

A market economy must not deny any citizen access to the essentials for playing their part in society.  A fair market economy will also be inclusive to encompass free enterprise; private, mutual or public ownership; moderated to the extent that State intervention may best secure and serve the best interests and dignity of the individual citizen.

All economic principles, mechanisms and methods are secondary and subject to the development of the human person and the common good.

1.2    The rights, responsibilities and dignity of citizens must be clearly enshrined and understood.  Social justice requires of each individual that which is necessary for the common good.  The common good of a society cannot be provided for unless each individual/citizen receives all that they need to discharge their social function.  In order to promote the common good of humanity these core values must be a shared vision out of which a common agenda can be agreed.

1.3    Our vision for the United Kingdom is formed on the defence of our historical Christian Democracy which is being attacked and undermined by anti-religious forces.  It must be raised up and restored to provide a moral example for the renewal of decency, dignity, honesty, integrity and respect for all.  This must be acknowledged by the civil/lay Head of State (Monarch), Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.  Our aim is a Democracy founded on Christian principles of Peace, Truth, Justice and Freedom.

1.4    In the words of John Paul II, on the rededication of Europe at the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe in Gibraltar:

Through the Church’s presence since ancient times the message of the Gospel has contributed to the very formation of the culture and consciousness of the various European nations. Christianity is not just part of European culture; it is the spiritual ‘form’ of European man’s approach to the basic and universal questions. It is appropriate that there should be a shrine which will help Europe to recall its Christian heritage and inspire all who come to pray there to build the future of the continent on that solid foundation.  Only a strengthening of the spiritual and moral values rooted in “the truth of the gospel” (Gal 2:5) can guarantee that the Europe of the third millennium will be a place of harmony, peace, freedom and respect for life and human dignity.

1.5    Our vision for Europe is formed on the – Europe for Christ! – Charter:-

Europe stands before a crossroads.  Europe owes much of its culture to the Gospel lived by Christians – solidarity and human rights, universities, hospitals and cathedrals.  Today, however, we risk betraying the soul of Europe.  A dictatorship of relativism and a culture of death are omnipresent.  Christians are increasingly discriminated against and watch a political tendency in which a humanism inspired by the Gospel is ever increasingly banned into the private sphere.

And yet we have also understood that when God is not our Father, that we are no longer brothers and sisters!  For this reason it is important for the future of this continent that we base our culture again on Christ.  We seek a Europe in which freedom of religion and conscience is respected, a young and dynamic Europe, one that is a sign of hope for the world.

For this we pray and work.

November 2008

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