Will the Martyrdom of Jacques Hamel Revive Solidarity in Europe?

Millennial writer Christopher White has a new article at the Wall Street Journal:

In the aftermath of World War II, when nations throughout Europe were on the verge of collapse, the project of European integration was born to ensure that the war’s atrocities could never be repeated. There was a strong sense that those who had died in the war had sacrificed themselves so that others could live in freedom and prosperity. In the new European project, stronger countries would help weaker ones. They had a moral responsibility.

And while the European Union has at times been hostile to religious concerns, it nonetheless has been undergirded by the Catholic doctrine of solidarity. This principle demands shared responsibility and sacrifice in spiritual and physical matters, between nations and peoples, rich and poor. A core commitment to the belief in the dignity of all human beings means that the practice of solidarity isn’t one of mere charity, but one of Christian duty….

In his statement after Hamel’s death, Archbishop Lebrun noted that the attack produced three victims: the priest and his two killers. Hamel’s brutal end personified true sacrifice while his attackers’ deaths perverted it. Perhaps the witness of this modern martyr will lead to an embrace of this traditional teaching of solidarity, and therein shore up the foundation of a country and a continent.

You can read the full article here.