Trócsányi: Hungarian model based on cooperation between church and state

January 6, 2015

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Speaking in Esztergom yesterday on the occasion of Saint Thomas Becket remembrance day, Hungarian Minister for Justice László Trócsányi said it was a mistake for Europe to “sever its Christian roots” and “not recognize Christian values”, according to the Hungarian State News Service (MTI).

“The new Hungarian Basic Law did what the founder members of the European Union dare not do: codified the role of Christianity,” asserted Trócsányi, who claimed the role of Christianity and other values enshrined in the Hungarian Basic Law reopened questions “believed to have been closed” with regard to family and other issues.  “That’s why I think that the sometimes unconventional and unexpected international dispute over the new Hungarian constitution is also about this.”

Trócsányi called “balanced” the Hungarian constitutional solution in which church and state cooperate in the performance of public tasks despite being legally separated. “The Hungarian model is based on cooperation,” he volunteered. “For me cooperation is not merely a formal question but rather one of substance, which is to say that it should apply to the drafting of laws as well.”

He pointed out that Hungary’s Basic Law accords “the highest role” to the community of family and nation with regard to creating values.

“We should recognize Christian Europe not by its roots but by its fruits. Let us not make the mistake of looking for Europe’s Christian identity in some idealized past. Instead, let us look for it in the future. Because the question is not whether there was, but whether there will be a Christian Europe, a Christian Hungary.”