OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS inform about situation in Slovakia.
HUDSON VALLEY HUMANIST
——— October 2003
Thoughts from Friends —— This month our contributor is Dr. Alexander
Rehak, Prometheus Society, Slovakia
Slovakia: a Steppingstone to a Re-Christianized Europe?
The pope after arriving in Bratislava said, "In a short time, your
country will become a member of the union of European nations. My beloved, do
contribute with your rich Christian tradition to the building of an identity of
the new Europe and do not comfort yourselves only with searching economic
After the collapse of the communist
regimes in Eastern Europe, the pope declared a "Re-evangelization" of
Europe and the whole world thereafter. The decline of religiosity, especially in
lead him to declare
this war. The main enemy became democracy along with its human rights, which
contradict Catholic dogma. The Vatican began searching for allies and Slovakia
was pulled into this political game.
When the former Prime Minister, V. Mečiar, visited the Vatican he
proclaimed: "Slovakia could become a model of church/state relation with a
special respect for Christian values". The pope responded with a great
pleasure saying, "This could change the future of the whole
All succeeding governments remained dedicated to this aim and gradually
managed to implant within the state policy of Slovakia a CLERICAL FUNDAMENTALIST
REGIME. The parties involved hoped that after accession of Slovakia in the
European Union these trends would reverse the current progress of secularizing
Europe. The third visit of the pope to Slovakia (in thirteen years, expenses
paid from taxpayer's money) was to serve these purposes.
process orchestrated from Vatican did not take into account changes in the
people's ways of thinking, especially of the younger generation. At the airport
of Bratislava the pope was "welcomed" by a demonstration of young
people protesting against the ever increasing and unrestricted expansionist
policy of Catholic Church The same group of young people tried to paste some
placards before the pope's arrival, but were arrested by police.
Nevertheless they are planning in Bratislava another demonstration
against the expansionist policy of church. The public discussion in
electronic forums are full of discontent against clericalism in Slovakia, but
not so much in press - because of the "covert censorship."
There is hardly any chance that Slovakia, a country of 5 million, will reverse the progress toward secularism in unified Europe with its 370 millions of inhabitants. The pope and his Slovak allies bet on a wrong card. The Vatican cannot loose anything of course but the puppet- Slovakia- can loose much. It could take decades until Slovakia becomes real democracy again.