.- During the ordination of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela said that the abandonment of God in todayâs society is the reason for the âradical lonelinessâ that leads to crises in marriages and families.
During his homily at the Mass of ordination, the cardinal from Madrid stressed that âthe idea that âGod has diedâ has left unequivocal signs in contemporary society, among others, that of loneliness in people.â
âThere is no human power that can fill the space for God in the consciences of people and, consequently, in the heart and the interior of society,â he added.
âThis radical loneliness is the typical malady of todayâs society, and it is at the heart of the crises and breakups of marriages and families,â the cardinal said, pointing out that âonly God can cure that loneliness.â
Faced with the contemporary situation, during which âtimes will come in which people will no longer tolerate sound doctrine,â Cardinal Rouco pointed out that âthe mission of the bishop is that of proclaiming God, insisting in season and out of season, reprimanding, reproving and exhorting with all patience,â in a reference to the words of St. Paul.
âOnly by being true and authentic witnesses of Jesus Christ,â the cardinal continued, and confronting the battle of ideas and the just ordering of society, with âapostolic service to the word of truth and a life a humble love for others can the bishop effectively contribute to making every community of the faithful âsalt of the earthâ and âlight of the worldâ.â âOnly in this way will hope again begin to flourish,â he said.