Cardinal Parolin laments ‘loss of faith and reason’

Cardinal Pietro Parolin (CNS/Dana Rene Bowler, The Catholic University of America)

The Vatican Secretary of State said this week that euthanasia and abortion laws in Europe represent not only a loss of faith but also a loss of reason. Source: CNA.

“I am very sorry for the loss of faith in our Europe, in our culture, in our countries, and these anthropological changes that are taking place, losing the identity of the human person. Before a loss of faith, I would say that it is a loss of reason,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an interview with the Spanish network COPE published on Monday.

“Why? The pope says it many times. It shocked me a lot. He says, for example: the question of abortion is not a religious question. It is certainly also for us Christians from the beginning, from the first documents of the Church, there is a total rejection of abortion, but it is an argument of reason. Likely today, as Benedict XVI was saying, the fundamental problem is reason, not faith.”

Cardinal Parolin said that the Church’s response to these societal changes should be “to offer a coherent and convinced witness of Christian life.”

“It seems to me that the situation we are experiencing can be compared with the first centuries of the Church, when the Apostles and the first disciples arrived in a society that did not have Christian values, but through their testimony of the first communities managed to change the mentality and introduce the values of the Gospel in the society of that time. I think this is the way we still have to do today,” he said.

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Cardinal Parolin: I am sad to see the loss of faith and reason in Europe (By Courtney Mares, CNA)

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