Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has greeted the episcopal congregation of the Unitarian Church on the occasion of the inauguration of István Kovács as Unitarian bishop.
In his letter, the prime minister referred to the “old truth” that it was “not the size of the source of light, but its brightness” that mattered.
PM Orbán said the reunification of the Hungarian Unitarian community nine years ago after being split in two as a result of the Trianon Peace Treaty had been “an uplifting feeling for all Hungarians”. The community’s reunification, he said, had proven that what had been divided by “hostile powers, distorted ideologies and human weakness” could still be reunited nine decades later “by our shared faith and the command of our national unity which transcends borders”. The prime minister encouraged the new bishop to be a “brave guardian” of the cultural and spiritual heritage that has been preserved over five centuries by Christianity’s sole denomination of Hungarian origin.
PM Orbán said he was convinced that the future of the Hungarian people was in the hands of communities that were proud of their past, their ancestors and their values; who were not afraid to follow the example of Jesus and stand up for the respect of the created world, life, family, individual responsibility and the freedom of conscience. He concluded his letter by wishing the church’s newly elected leaders blessed service in their roles and many decades filled with faith to the Unitarian community.