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LET US REMAIN UNITED. Joint Statement of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC. 02-04-2020

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Joint Statement

of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC

in the context of the COVID–19 pandemic


This is the time to show our commitment to European values

The joint statement titled “Let Us Remain United”, issued on Thursday, 2 April 2020, urges a demonstration of “joint commitment to common European values of solidarity and unity”, encouraging political decision-makers to establish “measures alleviating social, economic and financial shocks”.

COMECE President H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger, also express their deep gratitude for those “who serve their fellow human beings with empathy and warmth” and welcome the “individual and collective initiatives that are reinventing new forms of solidarity”.

The statement acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic and its dire consequences have hit Europe and the entire world with great strength. “Putting to the test every person, family and community, the present crisis has exposed the vulnerabilities and apparent certainties of our politics, economics and societies,” it reads.

“Instead of capitulating to fear and nationalism,” they say, it is time to reinforce international cooperation and humanitarian assistance to support weaker health systems and regions in need.

The two presidents praise “the numerous policy actions” carried out by the EU and its Member States and encourage political leaders to act in a “determined, transparent, empathic and democratic way” while battling with the virus.

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CCEE: Season of Creation 2019 -The Network of Life. 01 August 2019

Season of Creation 2019 -The Network of Life

Joint Statement by the Presidents of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and of the Conferences of European Churches (CEC)

1 August2019

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COMECE publishes reflection on the Future of Work -“Shaping the future of work”. 11.05.2018

In view of the 2019 European elections and on the occasion of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) centenary initiative on the future of work, the COMECE Social Affairs Commission publishes the Reflection Paper “Shaping the future of work”. The document encourages the EU to shape the digital and ecological transformations of the world of work aiming to the common good.


Reflection paper “Shaping the future of work”

COMECE. 2019 Elections: EU Bishops call their fellow citizens to discernment and responsibility. Press Release, 26/10/2018

On 24-26 October 2018 Bishops of the European Union gathered in Brussels for the Autumn Assembly focusing on the 2019 European elections. Participants reflected on future EU challenges in dialogue with high-level officials of the Union, in particular with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Luca Jahier (EESC) and Michel Barnier (European Commission).


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Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference: “Two Lives, One Love”

Please see below key points from the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.  The full text, which follows in English, Irish and Polish, was submitted to the Citizens’ Assembly on 9 December 2016 and was also made available in parishes:

  • The Constitution celebrates the equality of the mother and the unborn child in its Eighth Amendment.
  • We have an obligation to be at our most compassionate, our most merciful, if and when the expectant mother and father and their unborn child require support during a crisis pregnancy.
  • Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society.
  • We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.
  • There is no such thing as a human life without value.
  • The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
  • For us, as Christians, there is no conflict between faith and reason. Just as reason leads us to recognise the continuity of every human life, from fertilisation to natural death, so faith allows us to see each person as having his or her origins in the intention of God and his or her fulfilment in eternal life.
  • We are concerned that language is being used with the intention of depersonalising certain categories of unborn children in a way which seeks to normalise abortion.
  • Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.
  • We believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law.
  • Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.

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Irish Bishops Respond to Abortion Legislation. Bill "is unnecessary to ensure that women receive the life-saving treatment they need during pregnancy" 03-05-2013

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