The text contained suggestions on what to say and what not to. The Maltese Commissioner: “I wanted to demonstrate the inclusive nature of the Old Continent”
The European Commission document that ‘deletes’ the word Christmas is withdrawn after the controversy
. The dossier with some suggestions on what can be said and what not, including replacing ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays’ in order not to offend anyone, had created quite a few protests. “My initiative to draw up guidelines as an internal document for communication by Commission staff in carrying out their work had an important objective – says European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli – to illustrate the diversity of European culture and demonstrate the inclusive nature of the European Commission towards all walks of life and religious beliefs“.
“However – continues Dalli – the published version of the guidelines does not adequately serve the purpose. It is not a mature document and does not meet all the quality standards of the Commission. The guidelines clearly need more work. Therefore, I withdraw the guidelines and I will work further on this document “, he concludes.
“Whoever goes against reality puts himself in serious danger” the words of Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the document.
“I believe – Parolin observes to the Vatican media – that the concern to erase all discrimination is right. It is a path of which we have acquired more and more awareness and which of course must also be translated into the practical field. However, in my opinion, this is not certainly the way to reach this goal. Because in the end there is a risk of destroying, annihilating the person, in two main directions. The first, that of differentiation that characterizes our world, the tendency unfortunately is to homologate everything, not knowing how to respect instead even the right differences, which of course must not become opposition or a source of discrimination, but must be integrated precisely in order to build a full and integral humanity. The second: the forgetfulness of what is a reality. And whoever goes against reality gets serious danger”.
“And then – notes the cardinal – there is cancellation of what are the roots, especially with regard to Christian holidays, the Christian dimension also of our Europe. Of course, we know that Europe owes its existence and identity to many contributions, but it certainly cannot be forgotten that one of the main contributions, if not the main one, was Christianity itself. Therefore, destroying the difference and destroying the roots means destroying the person “.