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FAFCE Open Letter to MEPs on the Marriage Referendum in Romania

FAFCE logoAssociation of Catholic Families 'Vladimir Ghika'Honourable Members of the European Parliament

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 Brussels, 24 November 2017
 
Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe represents 22 national and local associations: we are the voice of families from a Catholic perspective at the European level. FAFCE holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union.

On the 10th of April this year, we addressed an Open Letter to your Colleagues in the Parliament of Romania, expressing “our strong concern for the delay in the organisation of the Referendum on marriage” in this Country, as requested by “a regular Citizens’ initiative managed by the Coalition for Family in Romania and which has succeeded in collecting signatures by 3 million citizens”. Since the Citizens’ initiative has still not passed Parliament after so much time, we repeat that “we are astonished by the fact that this impressive result, which clearly shows the will of the people to have a such referendum, is ignored, despite the fact this initiative is fully in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Union and settled by the European Court of Human Rights as well as with the positions taken by the Venice Commission”.

We are among the strongest supporters of the principle of subsidiarity and we encourage all Romanian political leaders not to be intimidated by the external powers which are against this referendum. Therefore, we wish to draw your attention, as elected representatives of the European peoples, to the undue delay of the organisation of the referendum. The disrespect of the constitutional right of the Romanian people to have a democratic referendum goes against its sovereignty and the rule of law.


Sincerely Yours,

Iulian Oanta, President                                                                Antoine Renard, President
Association of Catholic Families 'Vladimir Ghika'                                         FAFCE

Open Letter on the Marriage Referendum in Romania

FAFCE logosigla catolica semnMembers of the Romanian Senate

Members of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brussels – Bucharest, 10 April 2017

Excellences,

Honourable Members of the Parliament,

 

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe represents 22 national and local associations: we are the voice of families from a Catholic perspective at the European level. FAFCE holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union.

 

We address this Open Letter to you, to express our strong concern for the delay in the organisation of the Referendum on marriage in your Country, which was requested by a regular citizens’ initiative managed by the Coalition for Family in Romania and which has succeeded in collecting signatures by 3 million citizens.

 

We are astonished by the fact that this impressive result, which clearly shows the will of the people to have a such referendum, is ignored, despite the fact this initiative is fully in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Union and settled by the European Court of Human Rights as well as with the positions taken by the Venice Commission. Therefore, we call on you, elected representatives of this same people, to jointly approve the citizens’ initiative and to initiate the organisation of the referendum.

 

 

Excellences,

Honourable Members of the Parliament,

We call on you to be courageous and not to be intimidated by all external powers and internal lobbies who ask you not to hold a referendum on marriage. The future of your Country depends on it. Do not be afraid of listen to the voice of the people. Listen to them and give people their voice.


Sincerely Yours,

 

Antoine Renard, President                         Iulian Oanta, President

FAFCE                                                     Association of Catholic Families ‘Vladimir Ghika’

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The homily can be read here in english and here in polish.

An article in polish about the meeting between Archbishop and FAFCE in polish is available here.

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