From Flanders to Sicily, contradictions abound on Europe’s religious scene | Crux Now

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

ROME – Having spent most of my adult life and career living in western Europe and covering Catholicism, I’ve developed three broad observations about the cultural landscape here vis-à-vis the Church. First, the church is undergoing a long-term transition from a culture-shaping majority to an optional subculture, sometimes in harmony with the broader majority and sometimes at odds with it. Second, the church sometimes doesn’t help itself by doing pointless and irritating things that feed negative stereotypes of the majority. Third, despite all that, the faith still has an ineradicable hold on a surprising swath of the population. Developments in just the last few days illustrate each of those points.

From Flanders to Sicily, contradictions abound on Europe’s religious scene | Crux Now

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