Belgian cardinal says secularism can offer a new perspective

In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Katholiek Nieuwsblad, Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, archbishop of Malines-Brussels, spoke about secularization and how it isn’t necessarily a problem. On the contrary, he says, it can offer a new perspective for the Church. “People tend to see the secularization of our culture as a negative development, but there’s no need to be sad about it,” De Kesel said. In his latest book the 73-year-old cardinal, who recently completed treatment for cancer, talks about his vision on the role faith can play in modern times. “Christianity has become a cultural religion in the West due to historical circumstances. However, that is not necessarily the case in other parts of the world, just look at Africa or Asia. Nor is it true that the Church can only live out her vocation in a Christian culture. That would be of course a comfortable position to be in, but it’s also never without its risks for the minorities and for the Church itself,” he said.

Belgian cardinal says secularism can offer a new perspective

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