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A Point of Light in France

Posted by Joseph on 21 January, 2013

A Point of Light in France
By George Neumayr
In 1980, Pope John Paul II visited a rapidly secularizing France. He saw churches that resembled museums. Weekly mass attendance among Catholics had dropped almost to ten percent. He saw seminaries, nunneries, and monasteries that looked like ghost towns. “Eldest daughter of the church, what have you done with your baptism?” he asked.

Since then, the answer to that question is not very much. Mass attendance is still anemic. Vocations are staggeringly low. And France is on the cusp of legalizing gay marriage. But Pope John Paul II would have been pleased to see that at least the resistance to the total overthrow of Christian morality is greater there than in other European countries. France’s intractable Catholic genes still affect the body politic no matter how much the secularists try to eliminate them.

more http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2013/01/18/a_point_of_light_in_france.html


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