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Nuncio analyzes strengths, weaknesses of Church in Germany

September 20, 2011

On the eve of Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to his native land, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset, the apostolic nuncio to Germany since 2007, has offered an overview of the visit as well as the state of the Church in Germany.

The primary reason the Church in Germany is losing members, he said, is consumerism, which he called more dangerous than Communism, as the latter can be more readily identified and combated. The Church in Germany’s strength, he said, is the conviction that the Church there has a great history, as manifested in the popular commemoration of the anniversaries of patronal feasts and important events of ecclesiastical history.


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  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Sep. 21, 2011 11:36 AM ET USA

    Consumerism is also widespread in the U.S. It's former name was bread and circuses.