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Pope says too many Catholics don't know basics of their faith
Pope Benedict is to launch a weekly series of talks to renew people's enthusiasm for their beliefs.
- Vatican City
- October 18, 2012
At his regular weekly audience, the Holy Father announced that he was beginning a new series of catechetical talks, dedicated to the content of the faith, for the Year of Faith. He said that the goal of the Year of Faithâ€”and thus of his weekly talksâ€”is â€śto renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ.â€ť
The faith, the Pope said, â€śis not something extraneous and distant from real life, but the very heart thereof.â€ť He added that a clear and firm belief in Christian doctrine â€śdoes not limit life, but makes it human.â€ť
The fundamental content of the Christian faith, the Pope said, can be found in the Creed. Those fundamental beliefs, in turn, form the basis for Christian moral life. â€śIt is the Churchâ€™s duty to transmit the faith, to communicate the Gospel, so that Christian truths may become a light guiding the new cultural transformations, and Christians may be able to give reasons for the hope that is in them.â€ť
Ignorance about the fundamentals of faith, the Pope said, leaves believers vulnerable to â€ścertain forms of syncretism and religious relativism, with no clarity about which truths must be believed and the salvific uniqueness of Christianity.â€ť
These problems are acute today, the Pope continued. He said: "The process of secularization and a widespread nihilist mentality, in which everything is relative, have left a strong imprint on the collective mentality.â€ť He revealed that surveys taken among the faithful around the world in preparation for the current Synod of Bishops showed the negative effects of confusion about the fundamentals of Christian belief: â€śthe faith lived passively or privately, the rejection of education in the faith, the rupture between faith and life.â€ť
Full Story:Â Too many Catholics confused about fundamental beliefs, Pope says
Source: Catholic Culture