Catholics don't like it when people think for themselves. They like it even less, it seems, when legislative bodies think for themselves, as instanced by this story in the online EWTN News, a Catholic outlet.
This audacious comment came during an international meeting with the heads of various religious communities, when Cardinal Franc Rode, prefect of something called, pompously, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said Europe is "moving backwards in the area of religion because legislative bodies on the continent are increasingly moving further away from Christian principles".
The cardinal said that "laws being passed in almost every country in Europe do not coincide with Christian principles", and therefore religious "superiors have a clear challenge, and at the same time an inescapable task: to root out the subtle forms of internal secularization that have become present in our surroundings".
He these forms of internal secularisation, he says, include "language that has lost its religious content".
The church and society "need people capable of giving themselves totally to God and to others out of love of God", and therefore "consecrated persons can and should respond in a credible way to religious indifference, to the loss of the sense of the transcendent and of eschatological hope", averred the French cardinal.