Wednesday, August 19, 2009

French Article on Church's Protest of Monaco's Effort to Legalize Abortion

Projet de légalisation de l'IMG a Monaco : l'Eglise proteste
Posté le 31 mars, 2009 -

Une telle confrontation entre les autorités monégasques et l'Eglise de Monaco n'était pas arrivée en Principauté « depuis le règne d'Albert 1er », explique-t-on à l'archevêché à propos du projet de loi sur l'interruption médicale de grossesse (IMG), que le Conseil national doit voter demain soir en séance publique.

Sur ce sujet éminemment polémique, surtout dans un pays où la religion catholique est religion d'Etat, Mgr Bernard Barsi, archevêque de Monaco a des mots très durs :
« Dans ce projet de loi, c'est surtout un symbole qui semble visé. Mais d'aucuns, ici ou ailleurs, ne supportaient plus cette exception monégasque dont un long travail de sape idéologique avec ses relais médiatiques a pu venir à bout avec le texte qui nous est proposé. »

« Il est navrant qu'à une période de son histoire politique et constitutionnelle où la Principauté de Monaco acquiert une plus grande indépendance et insiste sur sa spécificité culturelle, on choisisse délibérément de s'aligner sur d'autres pays pour y rechercher de prétendus modèles de société. »

« Si bien qu'il est désormais facile de prévoir la suite si ce projet venait à être voté car il est à craindre qu'il ne soit que la première étape d'un processus qui a suivi partout ailleurs le même scénario qui ne fait que commencer. »

« Quand on dit que ce projet ne concerne que les cas extrêmes visés par le texte, on ne dit pas la vérité et on cache la réalité. Tout le reste risque de suivre et le pire est à redouter parce qu'on n'aura de cesse de prétendre mettre Monaco au diapason du minimum de standard éthique. On ne peut pas appeler progrès ce qui constitue une régression dans la considération due à la dignité et à l'intangibilité intrinsèques de l'être humain ».

Un projet de loi contraire à la Constitution ?
« A ce titre, on pourrait s'interroger sur la compatibilité de ce projet de loi avec notre Constitution. Ce texte inspire des réserves quant au respect de la liberté de chacun eu égard aux insuffisances de la clause de conscience telle qu'elle est prévue à l'article 5 II in fine.

Les dispositions générales et particulières de ce même article 5 paraissent faire peu de cas de l'article 20 alinéa 2 de notre Constitution quant au « respect de la personnalité et de la dignité humaine », à l'interdiction de « traitements cruels, inhumains ou dégradants » au regard du droit de l'enfant à naître.

D'une manière générale, on ne peut pas faire non plus l'économie d'une mise en perspective de ce texte avec l'article 9 de la Constitution : quelle signification peut bien avoir le maintien de l'attachement réaffirmé à notre religion catholique comme religion d'Etat si, par ailleurs, on propose des législations qui sont notoirement incompatibles avec des principes que cette religion a toujours qualifiés de « non négociables » ?

La foi catholique n'est pas seulement un corpus de traditions et de rites ;
elle est aussi vie, cohérence de vie, et elle est pour la vie ».

Source : Nice Matin


Prince Albert II at September 2007 Inauguration of Monaco Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Address of Prince Albert II at September 2007 Inauguration of Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C.

Address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II at The Inauguration of the Residencein Washington on September 26, 2007

Mr. Ambassador, Madame, Your Excellencies, Madame Consul General, , distinguished Consuls of Monaco in the United States, Ladies and Gentlemen,
dear friends and dear family members, thank you all for being here. It’s wonderful to see, by your presence, the links between Monaco and the United States.

I’m particularly thrilled to be inaugurating Monaco’s Ambassador’s Residence here in Washington today with you. I’m delighted that Monegasque Diplomacy and Diplomatic Representation are now at an Ambassadorial Level. And I think this is only to highlight my personal commitment and that of the Principality to provide the necessary resources for deeper cooperation between Monaco and the United States.
I’m also moved today because my thoughts are obviously with my parents.
Especially with my Mother, since she was both of our countries’ most outstanding Ambassador and bound both of our countries in a very unique way.

As you know, I’m very fond of this country and harbor many happy memories of my early childhood and years after that. Summers with family members, summers at camp. There are a couple of people whom I went to camp with who are in this Embassy today. And of course, studying in Amherst College, then trying to learn some sort of insight and to make some sort of sense of what it means to be in Corporate America. And every time I spend time in this country, it brings back a whole lot of these fond memories. I think America instilled in me an appreciation for entrepreneurship and a deep respect for work as the only way to win. Also, it revealed to me the value of competition, not in order to dominate the other person but to surpass one’s self and find fulfillment. Returning to this land as I do fairly often, I embrace the immensity of its wide open spaces and the richness of a society founded on so many different ethnic origins. The inauguration of this Embassy marks a fresh impetus that I wish to bring to the relations - a long lasting and friendly relation between the Principality of Monaco and the United States of America.

These relations, as you know, were consolidated on December 8 of last year when His Excellency, Ambassador Gilles Noghès, presented his Letters of credence to President Bush. And, five days later, His Excellency Craig Stapleton, the United States Non-Resident Ambassador, handed his Letters of Accreditation to me in the Principality. I had the pleasure of welcoming Ambassador Stapleton back to the Palace just a few days ago and used that opportunity to take another look at issues of common interests to both our Countries. Our mutual Ambassadors constitute a very visible expression of the close links that bind us.

I would also like to take this opportunity to salute the valuable work carried out by Mrs. Maguy Maccario-Doyle, who is our Consul General in New York City, and the equally indispensable efforts of the Principality’s six Honorary Consuls. Most of them are here today. It’s a real pleasure for me to see them again and to be able to keep up with their great work and I salute them and urge them to keep on going on that track.

Monaco shares the ideals and concerns of the United States, this I think you are all well aware of. Joining with the international community and the American government we will do everything possible to bring our efforts to the fight against terrorism in all its forms. A joint agreement pertaining to the proceeds of crime and the confiscation of goods signed by the Government of Monaco and the US government on the twenty fourth of March of this year bears witness to this.
Our American friends know that they will always receive a particularly warm welcome in the Principality and the image I would like you all and like our American friends to take away from Monaco is that of a Country that may be small in size but is driven by an unsuspected capacity to rise to challenge. It is inspired by the same values of freedom.

And we also remain open as our American friends do, to the great issues of our time. At the forefront of these issues, I think you know my commitment to the environment. And, as you know, not only has Monaco over the past ten years done tremendous efforts in terms of cooperation with other countries on environmental projects, but I felt it was time for me to do more. And so that’s why I set up in June of last year my own Foundation solely devoted to the environment.

We have three main areas that we have concentrated on, that is: the protection of biodiversity, the studies on climate change and on new energies, and also on the excruciatingly serious concerns about water and about water management. And so, with this new Foundation, we are working currently on 30 different projects that have been approved by our Scientific Board and by the Board of Trustees. We have decided to expand and to have satellite committees in different countries.

I am delighted to say that there will be a Prince of Albert II Monaco Foundation arm in the United States. I am very grateful and pleased that my cousin, John Kelly, has accepted to chair this group. And so, this arm of the Foundation will be happy to work with different entities in this country.

Thanks to Monaco’s Embassy in Washington, our two countries will now become still greater friends, building on the close links that we have already nurtured together. I think Isaac Newton said many years ago that, “man builds more walls than he does bridges.” I believe that both of our countries have been fortunate to build many bridges of friendship over the years. Let’s hope by working together that we will not only keep these bridges strong, that we’ll keep them open for ever.
Thank you very much.