Posted by: L. E. Barnes | August 9, 2010

Monday Message

Is the beauty of Europe’s cathedrals overshadowed by their emptiness? In this video, Fr. Robert Barron reflects on the decline of Christianity in Europe.

Back in the early 1990’s, I was with a summer missions group that went to Malta to conduct street evangelism. One night when our team was out doing that, I happened to strike up a conversation with a man who told me he was Catholic and a theologian. Somehow our conversation drifted to Christianity’s decline in Europe, and he told me about how during his visits to the European mainland he had seen that Protestant and Catholic churches alike had “run their course”–i.e., they were dying. Sadly, as Fr. Barron points out, things have obviously not improved since then. Europe’s sorry spiritual condition saddens me to no end. I frequently pray for the Lord to send revival.

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  1. Just a couple of observations. First, I think this has been a focus for Pope Benedict, trying to awaken the faithful in Europe. Second, the Vatican tried to get the recent EU constitution to recognize the contributions of Christainity to the culture of Europe but the document did not.
    Third, Islam may conquer Europe simiply by reproduction. It doesn’t need a bunch of ships or a battle.

    • I fear that you’re right, though I pray (literally!) that such a thing doesn’t happen. Muslims are moving to Europe and reproducing, while Europeans are declining in numbers, not just in spiritual vitality. So sad…

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  3. We must take comfort in the fact that Christ promised He would be with us always, until the end of time. But it is sad to see Modernism destroying so much.

    • Barb,
      It’s an absolute tragedy. And people don’t seem to get that while the Church has stood the test of time, human philosophies come and go. What seems like the wave of the future in one generation is forgotten, deconstructed, or laughed at in another generation.


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