As many Catholic dioceses across America step up their efforts to protect the unborn and defend traditional marriage and family, Pope Benedict XVI (photo) is warning Catholic Church leaders to prepare for a protracted conflict against forces committed to a “radical secularism” which threatens not only the Christian faith, but the world as a whole.
Speaking to a group of U.S. bishops visiting the Vatican for spiritual renewal, the Pope said that the moral consensus that helped to define America and lead it over the last 200 years is being significantly eroded “in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such.”
These cultural currents, he said, whether opposing the Christian faith in the name of “scientific rationality” or through the manipulation of political power, “represent a threat not just to Christian faith, but also to humanity itself and to the deepest truth about our being and ultimate vocation, our relationship to God.”
He advised the Catholic Church shepherds that when a society tries to suppress the mystery of the gospel and to close the door to its transcendent truths, that culture “inevitably becomes impoverished and falls prey, as the late Pope John Paul II so clearly saw, to reductionist and totalitarian readings of the human person and the nature of society.”
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