- Feb 17, 2020
Catholic educators in Sweden have denounced a political party’s promise to ban all religious schools as a political maneuver capitalizing on people’s fears in order to obtain votes.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput spoke to Crux about his new book ‘Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.’
A proposal to end the ability of Catholic schools in Ireland to give preference to Catholic children is causing fears over the increasing secularization of society in the majority-Catholic country.
Between 2003 and 2013, the Catholic population of the Netherlands declined by 589,500. Catholics now represent just 22.9 percent of the country according to 2015 data. Cardinal Wilhelm Jacobus Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht, says the solution to growing secularism is for faithful Catholics to build a culture of life by becoming a “creative minority.”
Cardinal Juan Carlos Osoro of Madrid, Spain, calls for a defense of religious freedom, “the greatest expression of freedom.” On the pope’s condemnation of “gender ideology,” he says Catholics are called to “strongly support” what Francis wrote in his document on the family Amoris Laetitia.