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Belgian cardinal: Church should embrace secularization

July 08, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Jozef De Kesel of Brussels, Belgium, has said that the Church in Europe should “wholeheartedly accept secularized society.” The cardinal told an interviewer that the mission of the Church is not “to reconquer lost ground,” but to “be faithful to one’s convictions in an environment that has changed to a pluralistic society.” He said that it is “always dangerous to have one religious tradition that obtains a monopoly,” and “all religions are there to say that man does not live on bread.”

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  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Jul. 08, 2019 7:34 PM ET USA

    With respect, the kind of secularism the Cardinal challenges is precisely the kind that is in place. It is naive to suppose otherwise. It's some consolation to see that he is aware of Belgium's perverse role in the push for euthanasia. But what he says about the power of the State in regard to euthanasia is unintelligible. No State mandate can legitimize euthanasia in any situation. The Cardinal needs to engage in public discussion with serious Catholic thinkers.