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  • Tomasz Olejarz
  • Polityka wschodnia Stolicy Apostolskiej. Idee, kierunki ewolucji, instrumenty realizacji
  • ISBN: 978-83-60695-45-6 Lublin
  • 2010 str.
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The Eastern Policy of the Holy See. The Ideas, Directions of Evolution, Implementation Tools

The main thesis of this article is an analysis of the specific role of the Holy See in the international environment. The study covers the following topics: the international status of the Holy See and the actions of the Holy See in the area of religious and political problems in Eastern Europe. The author has drawn on the latest research findings and writings, mainly foreign, in the field of foreign relations, international law and political science. The Holy See is a neutral and respected interlocutor. Added to its global reach is the Holy See’s central role in the wider/global intellectual and moral debate where religion and public policy are joined. The Holy See is taken seriously in the religious world and in particular in the world of ideas. It is a key stabilising influence in the global faith/politics debate. In part because of its international neutrality, the Holy See maintains a wide dialogue and is a credible interlocutor with many groups/ states in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Asia. This global presence and the experience it brings means that the Holy See’s thinking on a wide variety of themes and areas, far beyond the normal foreign policy subjects, carries weight. From historical perspective the input of the Holy See is unquestionable, especially in the process of breakthroughs through barriers to cooperation and forming of understanding in Europe during the Second Vatican Council. The initiated process of the Church aggiornamento to the needs of the contemporary world, the „eastern policy” of the Vatican, participation of the Holy See in the CSCE, had broader implication. The Holy See served in building of bridges between East and West and facilitated the transition from divided Europe to the Europe of dialogue. Nowadays the relation of the Holy See to European integration is generally positive. It is a vision of paneuropean integration which also encompasses the East so that this vision was truly believable and included humanistic concepts. The Holy See is convinced that the unification of the Churches would work towards the unification of the whole continent.