Christmas 2010, Benedict XVI and the Radicals: the use of Esperanto remains to be the only thing in common
Statement by Giorgio Pagano, Secretary of the Esperanto Radical Association
Continuing the tradition inducted by John Paul II in 1994, and also thanks to the Radical party's contribution and ERA's participation, Benedict XVI gave the usual Christmas greetings in monovision, amongst 65 other languages, in Esperanto.
The disagreement that exists between the Pope and the Radicals concerns practically everything: from Banca Vaticana's conduct of the “8 for 1000,” to stem cell research, to Civil Death, to the use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, using language and not using violence, Esperanto seems to be one of the few things where the Pope and the Radicals get along.
After now 16 years of media exposure around the world, there is still no trace of the International Language being taught anywhere in any college or any Catholic university anywhere in the world, leading one to think, that, as far as the Catholic universities are concerned, the papal attention is worth zero.
Meanwhile in Italy, thanks to Gelmini, we are witnessing an anglophic monopolization which throws away more than 60 billion euros a year for the colonization of and English-speaking country, even more than for Italian. It is, without a doubt, Benedict XVI's most democratic, international and most open multilinguistic dimension.