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In Africa, faith is a ‘happy matter,’ says Cardinal Arinze

March 23, 2017

Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said that he is not considered a “conservative” in Africa, during an interview with John Allen of Crux.

Cardinal Arinze drew sharp distinctions between the prevailing attitudes of Africans and Westerners during the interview, which took place during a Notre Dame conference on African theology. The cardinal explained: “In Europe and North America, the culture is secularistic. Religion is treated as a private matter, and people seem to apologize for their religion.”

Cardinal Arinze, who is the retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said that “religion is a happy matter” in most African societies.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 24, 2017 2:39 AM ET USA

    nix898049 is to be commended for telling it like it is. Rather than a country of religious toleration, the U.S. has become a country hostile to religion. For example, try to explain Catholic reasoning on the evil of abortion on any college campus, in any government school, in virtually any public forum. Not only do intellectual chaos and denial reign in government institutions across the land, but hardness of the will against God as well. Do we hold our tongue out of timidity or out of wisdom?

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Mar. 23, 2017 4:05 PM ET USA

    Wouldn't it be great to live where the Faith is seen as a blessing rather than a burden? It seems like even in its more acceptable days we were always warned not to behave as if the Roman Church had anything on Protestantism. I don't think I've ever really experienced religious toleration anywhere I've lived in the USA. We could use an infusion of Joy like theirs.