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Cardinal Marx: Europe needs rebirth, not restoration or nostalgia

May 05, 2016

During a recent address at Strasbourg Cathedral, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said that Europe is in need of rebirth, and not of restoration or nostalgia.

The prelate, who serves as president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, outlined four main challenges that he believes the continent now faces: the temptation to become a fortress; the need for a free, pluralistic society that is not relativist; the development of EU institutions in the face of “particularism and nationalism”; and the need for a “social market economy” that is attentive to social and ecological interests.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 06, 2016 8:31 PM ET USA

    Europe needs an exorcism.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - May. 05, 2016 9:14 PM ET USA

    Odd that a cardinal wouldn't mention conversion to the Faith as Europe's most important need. I guess as long as good Progressive-Modernist government policies are pursued, everything will be fine, and Christ is superfluous.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - May. 05, 2016 5:53 PM ET USA

    So now we have one of the Popes "close in" support proposing to run Europe according to a "social market economy"(Socialism) in order to protect ecological interests. WOW! This is his prescription rather than having children according to God's expressed plan, while, Europe descends further and further toward an incomprehensible moral/social alliance dominated by pagans and Muslims. Somewhere I read that by 2100 or so,3 out of 4 Europeans (culture, religion, nationality) will have disappeared.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - May. 05, 2016 5:35 PM ET USA

    "Rebirth, not restoration or nostalgia." In other words,"yes" to Amoris Laetitia and Communion for the divorced and "remarried," and "no" to tradtional Church teaching and the Traditional Latin Mass. Meanwhile, the Church in Europe will continue as it has for fifty years - losing members in droves. Cardinal Marx, though, sees that as "rebirth."