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Bishops’ officials ponder European pluralism

July 05, 2017

The general secretaries of Europe’s episcopal conferences met in Bucharest from June 30 to July 3 to discuss the Church’s role in a pluralistic Europe.Participants discussed cultural, economic, political, social, and religious pluralism, as well as “ecclesial pluralism,” or differing views within the Church.

“A pluralist culture strongly marked by secularism and individualism is gaining ground,” the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe said in a statement following the meeting. “Nevertheless, the will to share common values, founded in Truth, along with desire for God is growing more and more, especially among younger generations.”

The statement continued:

The Catholic Church recognizes in the present time an opportunity to live and witness with renewed commitment the joy of the Gospel of Jesus: a God who has assumed the human condition out of love, providing humankind with his support even at the most difficult times of history. By accompanying European pluralism in the light of the Christian message, the Church wants to witness this love of God to humankind.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Jul. 06, 2017 8:52 PM ET USA

    The approach to pluralism is obvious. Do what Jesus did.

  • Posted by: geardoid - Jul. 05, 2017 10:37 PM ET USA

    Pope Benedict XVI roundly dissed the essentially indifferentist error of ideological pluralism (that's not the same thing as simple plurality and diversity, which 'catholicity' includes). You'ld think the European bishops would recognize that "accompanying .. pluralism" is almost as bad as embracing pluralism. It seems that this word "accompaniment" is being bandied as loosely now as "inculturation" was bandied for liberation theology. In other words, this error is very dated, showing its age.