Pope warns against ‘Godless culture’

ROME: Pope Benedict XVI attacked “the Godless character of modern culture” as he celebrated mass on Sunday at a Roman basilica, to mark the opening of a Synod of Catholic bishops.

In a sombre homily in which he suggested that Christianity in Europe could become extinct like some Christian communities in history, the Pope told more than 250 bishops from around the world that societies, which rebelled against God in the past, had faced His ‘punishment.’

“If we look at history we are forced to notice the frequent coldness and rebellion of incoherent Christians. Because of this, God, while never shirking in his promise of salvation, often had to turn towards punishment,” Benedict said, adding, “nations once rich in faith and vocations are losing their own identity, under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain modern culture.”

“There are those that, having decided that ‘God is dead,’ declare themselves ‘god,’ believing themselves to be the only creator of their own fate, the absolute owner of the world,” the pope said.


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