To our EuropeInfos Readership
Over recent months a number of articles, written by guest authors from a wide Catholic academic network, and focusing on the understanding of core European values and their significance at the level of the Member States, have appeared in EuropeInfos.
A few of these articles have provoked a strong reaction and have caused considerable upset in certain quarters. The aim of the articles was to advance opinions founded on widely accepted facts and to stimulate debate, but certainly not to offend. It is a matter of regret to us that some sectors of our readership take particular exception to views published in these articles.
We felt it important to appraise our readership of the mission of EuropeInfos and the editorial policy that is designed to see that our journal fulfils its purpose:
- EuropeInfos is jointly published each month by the Secretariat of the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE) and the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), but it is not the official organ of either body, nor of the Bishops’ Conferences member of COMECE. The views expressed in EuropeInfos are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of COMECE and the JESC.
- Its mission is to provide information on EU policy issues which are of direct interest to the Church and provide a perspective on these matters inspired by Catholic Social Teaching.
- It has been our aim, right from the outset, to stimulate reflection and further debate. We have deliberately encouraged our authors to formulate their opinions on the basis of scientific analysis of objectively verifiable facts, but we have encouraged them to express their opinion without let of hindrance from the editor.
- Through its articles, EuropeInfos provides without fear or favor an analysis of decisions taken by the EU institutions and offers a critical view if necessary. In the same way, EuropeInfos feels itself free to criticize decisions taken by Member States which put the foundational values of Europe at risk.
These have been the guiding editorial principles on which EuropeInfos has been run from the outset, 20 years ago, and they continue to be applied today.
Martin Maier sj