The language guidelines had provoked criticism and an outcry from many sides because they discourage the use of a number of familiar expressions, including “Happy Christmas”.
“My initiative to elaborate guidelines as an internal document for communication by Commission staff in their tasks – wrote Commissioner Dalli again – was aimed at achieving an important goal: to illustrate the diversity of European culture and show nature inclusive of the European Commission towards all walks of life and the beliefs of European citizens. However, the published version of the guidelines does not adequately serve this purpose. “
Cardinal Parolin: “This is not how discrimination is fought”
“Whoever goes against reality puts himself in serious danger”. This is the comment of the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the document of the European Commission which urged not to use words and names such as Christmas, Mary or John. “This is certainly not the way” to combat discrimination.