Pope Benedict XVI convenes bishops to confront ‘tsunami’ of secularism

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fifty years after the Catholic Church convened the Second Vatican Council to confront internal changes and challenges, hundreds of bishops gathered at the Vatican to discuss how to stem the tide of secularization and rekindle faith in contemporary society. By Alessandro Speciale.

  • J

    “spread the good news,”

    The church CANT spread the “good news” because they do not understand what it is, they dont know how, nor does false christianity have God’s spirit.

  • Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    This is the perfect opportunity for the Pope and Synod of Bishops to dialogue and get their own house in order. As a Catholic physician who remembers the excitement of Vatican II, and the laity being told that “We are the Church”, I am so sad at what my Church has become. The Pope seems to be a tyrant and a coward. The Pope refuses to be accountable for his central role in allowing clergy sexual abuse of innocent children to flourish worldwide, from the 24 years that he was the head of the office that dealt with priest sexual abuse cases, and since 2005 as Pope. Why would any member of the faithful care about a new evangelization, when it is the Pope and hierarchy who need to be evangelized, in my view.
    Worse than any secularism, there has been an outrageous betrayal of trust by the Pope and many bishops. Tragically, these men seem to have no shame about the harm that they have done to the Church and to the faithful. Many young men around the world, who were victims of priest sexual abuse, have committed suicide, in the belief that no one would believe their stories. Even now, the American hierarchy are re-victimizing victims through their lawyers in court. When will these church leaders admit their personal guilt and become accountable? In my view, the Pope is not acting as a Good Shepherd.
    Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  • Louis Gilfedder

    This worldwide criminal organisation is on the brink of collapse because of thier behaviour,child molestation,child abduction,slave labor at the Magdelena laundrys,thier crimes against humanity are far reaching,and they have been found out and can no longer sweep things under the rug.Its time alright for every victim of abuse by these criminals to stand up and fight for what is right.The church doesn’t give a damn about anything but the collection basket,open your eyes,they don’t care about right and wrong,all they care about is there selfish wants,they are all narcissistic self absorbed psycopaths.What’s wrong is thier taking of money in Gods name,what’s right is that God would be offended they are doing it.God didn’t want temples built for him and niether did Jesus.