Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Prince Nikolaus Talks Separation of Church and State

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Vaterland /
Prince Nikolaus, Liechtenstein's Ambassador to the Holy See, has given a live interview with Günther Meier about the challenges of separating the church and the state. The Prince also took questions directly from the audience.

During the course of the interview, he noted that this is ongoing issue and referred to it more along the lines of "unbundling" the two, rather than separating them. At present, the goal of separation is largely fulfilled, with nine of Liechtenstein's eleven main communities increasingly "unbundled"; only Balzers and Gamprin-Bendern remain for the process to be complete. There is, however, an intricate history in place that requires careful review and mutual consent before changes can be effected. Prince Nikolaus is quoted as calling this a "highly complex matter" that will take time before a full solution can be reached.

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