Towards a Vision of Europe - Healing the division of Europe
54. The Churches are undoubtedly called upon to help to overcome the divisions
which keep the nations of our continent apart. We Europeans should not become
reconciled to the present situation.
55. The initiated process of detente has borne evident fruit in the
Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) (Helsinki 1975
down to the Vienna Concluding Document of 1989) and the Medium Range Missiles
Treaty (INF) of 1987. The important question for us all is whether Europe
- East and West - is ready to enter upon a new phase of this process. In
the coming years, will detente mean no more than an effort to reduce the
dangers of our divisions or will we at long last achieve a real reconciliation
in Europe? In virtue of their mission, the Churches have a special responsibility
to contribute to this reconciliation.
56. Detente and reconciliation in Europe must not take place at the expense
of the countries in Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America. Concern with the
blatant injustice in Europe's economic relations with the poorer nations must
not only continue, but be deepened. A Europe which solves its own problems and
difficulties can fulfil its responsibility towards others all the more effectively.