“There is a growing need for Christian faith and values and it is especially important that we should protect them among all circumstances and pass on to posterity,” the Hungarian justice minister said in Téglás, in north-eastern Hungary, on Sunday.
Judit Varga attended the consecration ceremony of the Greek Catholic church after renovation in the town, and said in her address that “we live in an age of dangers” not only including the war in a neighbouring country but “the European Union building a Europe rejecting traditional European values”.
“But we believe that Europe is supported by its Jewish-Christian roots,” she said, adding that Europe’s “building stones” were Christian communities, families, nations, and the traditional churches.
Referring to the war in Ukraine as the “greatest, most difficult and acute problem” for the eastern part of Europe, she said the Hungarian government had advocated a pro-peace position since the beginning of the conflict. “Any bloodshed is pointless and disputed issues must be settled at the negotiating table,” she said. The government takes responsibility for Ukraine’s 150,000-strong ethnic Hungarian minority, who would be “directly jeopardised if Hungary allowed the transit of weapons deliveries through its territory into Ukraine.
She said, however, that the government was “fulfilling all moral obligations”: it had helped over one million refugees fleeing Ukraine and had sent 3,100 tonnes of aid worth HUF 7.2 billion (EUR 18 million) to Transcarpathia since the outbreak of the war. The aid programme the minister called “the largest humanitarian action in Hungary’s history”, would be continued “as long as necessary”, she said.
In another development, Varga said the government had provided assistance to the construction of 150 churches and the renovation of 3,000 chapels in the country in the past 13 years. Hungary’s largest churches currently run 350 kindergartens, 546 primary schools and 255 secondary schools, the latter serving 55,000 students, one fourth of the country’s total.
The government has contributed HUF 40 million to finance the decorative painting of the Greek Catholic church in Téglás.
For our Politicians,, it’s always an Age of Danger. And there’s only one team who can lead us to Salvation – our Politicians!
Let’s find the next imminent crisis, real of perceived, we can capitalize on. Stoke up those fears!
Most (of us) Hungarians are just a bunch of sheep who follow that great big bellwether/the canary in in the coalmine. If/when he (OR HIS mouthpieces) “say” danger, then then majority will believe him -just like his warning before the last elections that if the opposition is elected, then there will be war IN Hungary. Nay! I say to him, IF his pal Putin wins in Ukraine, then his eyes will be set on MORE sovereing, and free countries (like Moldova and then the Baltic States), and eventually on Hungary (too).
…Talking of the bellwether, Alfred Lord Tennnyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade popped into my mind, and in particular the following four lines:
“…Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die….”
…Lets’s just keep on following our great big bellwether.