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What’s the EU got to do with Catholic Social Teaching?
Thu 9 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
The Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950 is generally acknowledged as the birth of the EU. Among the Founding Fathers of the European Union were French foreign minister Robert Schuman, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Konrad Adenauer, Italian Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Alcide De Gasperi. All were committed Catholics who were strongly influenced by Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The principles of CST, which upholds the dignity of each person, are generally grouped under the categories of Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Participation. These principles formed the basis for the EU.
In advance of the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June, Leeds Trinity will host a public lecture by John Battle to explore the foundations and history of the EU through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. John is Chair of Justice and Peace for the Leeds Diocese and a former MP for West Leeds. Alongside this vast experience in Government and Charitable roles, John will use Pope John Paul II’S Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Europa’ to illustrate Catholic Social Teaching and its application to modern day challenges.