- Feb 21, 2020
What difference might it make if all practicing Catholics, not just about half, actually showed up to vote?
As Europe continues to see a decline in Mass attendance and a rise in populist leaders with harsh anti-migrant policies, including in some majority Catholic countries, Church leaders admitted that they face an uphill battle, especially when it comes to Pope Francis’s push to welcome and assist migrants and refugees.
The pope and his bishops seem keenly aware of the current battle for the soul of Europe, which, in light of populist gains, risks creating a new ideological iron curtain.
Catholic bishops across Europe encouraged their faithful to go to the polls in late May to elect members of the European Parliament who would promote unity and take seriously the power of the European Union to do good in the world.
Ireland’s bishops have warned that this week’s European elections have “rarely been more important,” due to the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Sometimes, the Church’s greatest impact on politics and culture isn’t through public advocacy but the silent witness of its daily life.