One of Us Federation launch cultural Platform in Europe
PARIS – One of Us Federation and its forty member organizations of 19 European Union countries gathered in Paris on the 23rd of February, in Palais du Luxembourg. During a conference, which is placed under the high patronage of Professor Rémi Brague (from the Institut de France) the Cultural Platform One of Us was launched.
Remì Brague, the French philosopher who is the face of the European Cultural Platform and author of the ‘Manifesto For a Europe Faithful to Human Dignity’ expressed the importance of the Manifesto that aims to free up society on many levels.
He said: “There is a kind of terror everywhere. An intellectual force, which is in favour of certain representations in the world. This terror is not bloody, but sweet. However it is discrete and thus more effective.” According to Brague this kind of terror proceeds by sacralising positions that define themselves as avant-garde. Also they claim to be irreversible”, Brague continues with serious consequences to all institutions and people, referring to amongst other important ethical subjects like abortion and euthanasia. He said: “Today, what we are committed to, is the life, the reason, the freedom, the equal dignity of every human from his conception to his or her natural death. We live in a time we must reaffirm these values.”
Brague continued: “We have to free the intelligences within Europe, but first we need to (re)define freedom. A freedom that in the end “serves” something or someone is not freedom. A freedom that would be in service as a servant would be contradictory and thus would destroy itself.” According to Brague freedom exists to seek the truth and understand it. “We don’t mean the ‘truth of everyone’”, explains the philosopher. It is not the truth of one country, a civilization or even a church. But the truth of a person as whole, of human kind, the one truth that can gather a whole community in peace.” The author of the Manifesto emphasized the focus is on Europe, “because it is in this continent that terror can be observed, and we have the opportunity to turn the threat to our freedom into an opportunity to intervene. As members of the human race, we are obliged to protect the rights of those who cannot stand up for their own rights.” For Brague the human embryo is an example of such, in which “we must aim at a situation where distress no longer forcing women to resort to this extreme means of abortion”. Rémi Brague . and therefore to be able to choose life in any circumstance. This is the long-term objective of the #OneOfUs #Lifefirst
NEWS ITEM 2
Young mother and student Mariella Paccagnella receives Award for Life
On the occasion of the third European Federation Forum One of Us 23 February 2019 last in Paris, the European Award for Life, in its third edition, was given to Carlo Casini, honorary president of One of us and of the Italian MpV. Casini decided to donate the Award to ‘Mothers of Europe’.
“The award” explains Carlo Casini, in the message send to the Forum and read by Elisabetta Pittino, member of the international commission of MpVI, is an award that expresses “to the normality of motherhood” because “the vast majority of women recognize the embryo as One of Us. Also it recognizes pregnancy as an intimate and uninterrupted embrace that lasts for months as the seal imprinted in man that will remain for the whole life of the child and the mother. “This award is sending a strong message in these times of declining birth rates and on the eve of Women’s Day.”
Child in the womb
The award, a sculpture by the Spanish artist Maria Jesus Gomara, which represents a child in the womb, honouring all the Mothers of Europe, was donated by Casini and given to Mariella Paccagnella, a university student and young mother. She was able to choose life thanks to the help of an Italian pro-life organisation: “I conceived my son in a difficult situation. Now I cannot live without Joel who is the love of my life. And I can testify that every child is one of us from conception and is not a lump of cells. No woman should be forced to abandon or abort her child for any reason.”
To give this Award to the mothers of Europe through Carlo Casini is a strong message for the 150 intellectuals and members of pro-life associations, present to awaken the intelligences in Europe. In line with the title of the day ‘The Future of European Culture and the awakening of the intelligences’, the award is one of the first concrete facts of this newly conceived cultural platform.
News item 3:
Assuntina Morresi, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Perugia and Member of the National Committee for the Bioethics, one of the 13 intellectuals of the Italian section in the new European Cultural Platform has intervened on the theme: ‘The future of the family, the future of culture in Europe’, during the third Forum of the One Of Us Federation in Paris.
Together with Katalin Novák, Secretary of State for the Family, Youth and International Relations Hungary, who gave a political view on his intervention, Morresi has faced the heart of the problem. The professor explained how the anthropological revolution “started with the birth of the first child, conceived with artificial insemination, Louise Brown (41) years ago”. According to her the foundations of a human were transformed using science: “With Louise Brown science has stated that there is more for a child than just one mother or one father. Nowadays a child can have even two mothers: one genetic and one gestational mother”, Morresi said.
She stated the criteria are lacking, which determine what the real mother is. “When motherhood is determined by a contract, family becomes uncertain, unstable, because a contract can be cancelled. Becoming parent by contract as such has consequences, and I name three: 1. The existence of multiple family models that are depending on this type of contract; 2. The understanding that parenting does not necessarily include two parents but also more. 3. The fact that a contract can be cancelled or terminated.”
She continued by saying that “we are faced by an anthropological revolution, because maternity/paternity is now defined by contract, and not by biology.” She emphasized how this endangers the future of Europe: “Being a mother or father simply by contract is not forever, contracts can be revoked. So there is no future: The future of Europe is in the #familia.”
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