Nuncio links high Japanese suicide rate to absence of faith
March 08, 2010
Japan has a skyrocketing suicide rate. The apostolic nuncio there, Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello, tells L'Espresso thinks the acceptance of suicide reflects the absence of faith. He explains:
When a Christian arrives at the decision to take his life, he knows that he is about to violate a sacred law: life was given to him by God, and only God can take it away. The Japanese tempted by suicide does not have this obstacle. He does not have the concept of sin. He has no one, he has nothing, beyond his own material and cultural world, to ask for help.
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