See this online text:
- Schuman’s Europe: His Frame of Reference, by Dr. Margriet Krijtenburg (Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University, 2012). 314 pages. Available in pdf format (as a single file and as multiple files) at Leiden University Repository. As published by the Leiden University Press (2013), the work is offered for sale at Amazon.com.
- In this dissertation, Dr. Krijtenburg shows that Robert Schuman’s vision of European unity was rooted in his Catholic faith and Alsatian borderland background, which lent his thought a supranational and supernatural orientation and gave him common ground with the other Christian Democratic architects of modern Europe. Thus page 116, footnote 204 of the work quotes the following passage by Ferdinand Kinsky: “Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi and Robert Schuman thought their task of uniting Europe to be in accordance with the social and political doctrines of the Catholic Church. They were encouraged by Pope Pius XII, a convinced European and world federalist.”
- Articles by Dr. Krijtenburg may be found at Mercatornet.
- Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe, by Dr. Alan Paul Fimister (Brussels: I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques Internationales, 2008). Available for sale at Amazon.com, with another copy on this page.
Posted on Europe Day or Schuman Day, 2018, in prayer that the once-Christian peoples of Europe may return to the Catholic Faith, for the salvation of souls and the restoration of civilisation.
‘Christianity in fact has shaped Europe, impressing upon it certain basic values. Modern Europe itself, which has given the democratic ideal and human rights to the world, draws its values from its Christian heritage. More than a geographical area, Europe can be described as “a primarily cultural and historical concept, which denotes a reality born as a continent thanks also to the unifying force of Christianity, which has been capable of integrating peoples and cultures among themselves, and which is intimately linked to the whole of European culture”
‘Today’s Europe however, at the very moment it is in the process of strengthening and enlarging its economic and political union, seems to suffer from a profound crisis of values. While possessed of increased resources, it gives the impression of lacking the energy needed to sustain a common project and to give its citizens new reasons for hope…
‘Europe, as you stand at the beginning of the third millennium,“Open the doors to Christ! Be yourself. Rediscover your origins. Relive your roots”. Down the centuries you have received the treasure of Christian faith. It has grounded your life as a society on principles drawn from the Gospel, and traces of this are evident in the art, literature, thought and culture of your nations. But this heritage does not belong just to the past; it is a project in the making, to be passed on to future generations…
‘Be certain! The Gospel of hope does not disappoint! Throughout the vicissitudes of your history, yesterday and today, it is a the light which illumines and directs your way; it is the strength which sustains you in trials; it is the prophecy of a new world; it is the sign of a new beginning; it is the invitation to everyone, believers and non- believers alike, to blaze new trails leading to a “Europe of the spirit”, in order to make the continent a true “common home” filled with the joy of life.’ (Pope St. John Paul II, “Ecclesia In Europa”)