Monday, December 3, 2018

Cardinal Ravasi: Many Ignore that Believers are in the Minority

Many clerics still live like they are, "in the village where on Sunday mornings, when the bells are ringing, people are running to church," said Curia Cardinal Ravasi - No real atheism, but a form of religious apathy in most western countries

Rome ( From the point of view of Cardinal  Gianfranco Ravasi (archive photo), many clerics still do not want to believe that believers in the West are a minority. "They still live as if we were living in a village where on Sunday mornings, when the bells ring, people go to Church." Some clerics still live like "in a village where on Sunday mornings, when the bells ring, people run to the church" The Italian curia cardinal Ravasi says - No real atheism, but a form of religious apathy is in effect in most western countries," said the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture in an interview for the newspaper "Corriere della Sera" (Thursday). Ravasi said before the start of a conference on the rededication of churches, which will take place until Friday at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

There is no real atheism in most Western countries. "Rather, there is a form of religious apathy: It does not matter if there is God or not," the Italian Curial Cardinal described the prevailing consciousness. However, this leads to everyone building up their own moral system, as it is convincing and fitting for them.

Even if in surveys someone calls himself a Christian, that sometimes means little, says Ravasi. Some time ago he wrote on Twitter: "I was a stranger, and you took me in,” and received masses of violent reactions. "Most of them did not even understand that I quoted the Gospel, Matthew 25:43."

The cardinal sees two alternatives as possible reactions. One sees it in the behavior of many Protestant churches: to give in to the trend, to retreat and to limit to a minimum of religious and moral statements. But he thinks that
as wrong. "The presence of believers, even if they are few, must be a shout, not a whisper," says Ravasi. It would be better to preserve the core of the Christian message in this way: "the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Truth, Life and Death".

For this, however, they would have to be proclaimed in such a way that they are understood today, in appropriate language and media. Pope Francis, for example, describes this when he speaks in simple short sentences, using imaginative images as Jesus does, describing tangible things in the virtual world.

The two-day international conference "Dio non abita più qui?" (Does not God live here anymore?) Deals with possibilities of rededication of ecclesiastical buildings. In Italy alone, around 65,000 churches are owned by parishes and dioceses. The conference is organized by the Gregoriana, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Italian Bishops' Conference.

Trans: Tancred


Ted said...

Apathy? Atheism? I think we are talking about apostasy here, and widespread apostasy at that.

Pray the Rosary.

Blotto said...

The Church's only hope for the future lies in more conferences like this one. Preferably of a longer duration (I know the bishops are extremely capable people but two days to answer the question 'Does God live here anymore?' is surely not enough) and ideally with first-hand input from the Man of Short Sentences and Overactive Imagination.

JBQ said...

Surely, it doesn't matter since PF stated that "atheists go to heaven". The next step is to ensure that "all good dogs go to the same place".

Leo D. Lion said...

Save your soul and other's
Prat the chaplet of Divine Mercy

Anonymous said...

JBQ is right on! Since V2 the central message of new church is do what the world wants - pay huge taxes to corrupt politicians and don't complain about it. Also one must hate the holy traditional latin mass that was the central act of worship for all the saints and be sure to watch TV so one stays in line with the latest social justice fad.

Leo D. Lion said...

At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

For He has hidden things from the learned, educated, philosophers.
And revealed things through uneducated, poor, low in stature.

Litacanaman said...

Yes, indeed we are in great Apostasy.

Anonymous said...

"I was a stranger, and you took me in," Most people don't even know that is from the Gospel.

Actually, I'm betting that many people know that is from the Gospel, but context matters.

If one had quoted that section regarding the recent "Caravan" from Honduras, I would expect angry remarks.

The Devil often quotes Scripture for his own ends. So does Fr. James Martin. So do many others whose end is certainly not the Glory of God.

With the apparent lack of faith among the clergy, quoting the Gospel is not enough.

The Gospel must be lived.

Tancred said...

I didn’t know the Gospel expected people not defend themselves from invaders.

Imagine if Charles Martel had been browbeaten by a James Martin or a Ravasi back then?