Cardinal Ratzinger condemns ideological drift of secularism.

Source: FSSPX News


In a lengthy interview given to the Italian daily La Repubblica, on November 19, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, condemned the drift of secularism towards an ideology in which there is no place for religion. “We are living in a period of great change” in Europe, stressed the German cardinal. We have gone from being a Christian culture to one of aggressive secularism which is at times intolerant.” “There is a secular ideological aggressivity which is worrying,” he continued, when asked about the case of Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian Catholic minister, whose nomination for the post of European Commissioner was refused by the European Parliament, because of his “homophobic” views on homosexuality.

 “Secularism is no longer that element of neutrality, which opens up space for freedom for everyone. It is becoming an ideology, which through politics, is being imposed, which gives no public space to the Catholic and Christian vision, which as a result, runs the risk of becoming a purely private matter, and fundamentally mutilated.” “Correct secularism is religious freedom,” explained the cardinal.

 In his opinion, “there is a struggle going on, and we must defend religious freedom against an ideology which is held up as the only voice of rationality, whereas it is merely the expression of a “particular” rationalism. He deplored the fact that “God remains very much in the margins” in contemporary society. “In politics, it seems almost indecent to speak about God, as if it were an attack on the liberty of those who do not believe.”

 “I think I am a realist,” he also stressed. “I am certain that in the context of a very diverse multicultural society, the Christian faith remains an important element, capable of providing a moral and cultural force to the continent.” “The faith is not dead,” even if churches are emptying. Likewise, “the formation of an Islam with a specific European identity, accepting elements of our culture” is, for the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a positive thing, because the “Muslims are firm in their faith in God.” “Something that we have somewhat lost,” said the German cardinal.

 The Cardinal strongly condemned Spain’s choice in wanting to give homosexual couples the right to marry, “because it is destructive for the family and society.” “Let us not forget that, by this choice towards which a decadent Europe today is heading, we are separating ourselves from all the great cultures of humanity, who have always recognized the proper meaning of sexuality: a man and a woman are created to be together the guarantee of the future of humanity, a physical but also a moral guarantee,” he concluded.

 Meanwhile, the Jesuit revue Civilta Cattolica, which came out on November 20, also condemned the drift of secularism towards a secular ideology. Taking examples in France (in particular the law prohibiting ostensible religious symbols in schools) and in Italy (the crucifix in schools), Fr. Giandomenico Mucci, whose article has been read by the Secretariate of State, recalled that “secularism is a value of modern civilization and secularity is a parody of it.”

 In a conference given on November 19, as part of the 150th anniversary of the French Seminary, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, librarian and archivist of the Holy See, said that “secularism means that there is no State religion; it does not signify that the State is atheist.”