frgavin on February 10th, 2012

From The Cardinal Newman Society

Pope Benedict XVI received a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Vatican and told them America is becoming “increasingly hostile” to Christianity, according to Zenit. But the Pope added that hope remains, especially in the intellectual and moral education of our youth.

This is a must read and a more accurate diagnosis of the issues facing America than anything you’ll hear on the campaign trail:

“At the heart of every culture, whether perceived or not, is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing. In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God. Today that consensus has eroded significantly 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…

With her long tradition of respect for the right relationship between faith and reason, the Church has a critical role to play in countering cultural currents which, on the basis of an extreme individualism, seek to promote notions of freedom detached from moral truth. …

Read here

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