I’ve written before on the labyrinthine world of politically active Roman Catholic lay organisations, in particular the ones which attract members from various political parties around the European Union and beyond. Fine Gael’s own Gay Mitchell, former presidential hopeful, is something of a poster-boy for the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, an influential if publicity-shy grouping that works within the European Parliament to promote “Christian values” (Mitchell strongly denies any membership of the group). Among its “patrons” are or were several high profile figures from the Continent’s old aristocratic families, not to mention a fair sprinkling of the nouveau bureaucratic elite that now fill the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg.
In Ireland the Dignitatis Humanae has it equivalent in the Iona Institute, a similarly shadowy organisation that few in the Irish media have shown any inclination to investigate fully. Now Brock The Robber has had a brief internet rummage and it makes for interesting reading. No mention of our old friend Alveda “God hates homosexuality” King though.
isn’t otto von hapsburg the chap that stood up to Paisley when the DUP firebrand attempted to disrupt the Popes speech in the European Parliament circa 1988?
Indeed so. Depending on what reports you believe he shouted down Paisley in mid-flow, tackled him along with others and physically ejected him from the chamber or actually punched him out.
In either case I found him a rather worrying symbol of an old order Pax Europa that has found new life in the European Union. From a eulogy featured on Inside the Vatican:
As I said, a wee bit Dan Brown.