.- The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph SchÃ¶nborn said this week that the âintellectual crisis of Europeâ is the result of an âincapability of recognizing the truth.â
According to the Archdiocese of Viennaâs website, during a January 12 speech on the missionary life of the Church at the Pastoral Assembly of Austria, the cardinal underscored the need to recognize and proclaim the truth, since it is there that love is found. Likewise, he noted that missionary opportunities can be found in daily life, as the Holy Father mentioned during his visit to Austria.
At that time, Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn recalled, the Holy Father stated that âwhere there is no truth, the human being cannot distinguish between good and evil.â He also explained that âtruth properly understood is humble and is directed to the interior and does not seek external power.â
Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn later noted that Benedict XVI stressed on his trip to Austria that possessing the truth revealed by God should not lead to pride or to scorn for other religions, but rather should âmove us in response to what has been freely given us, so that we too give it to others.â
Christians should confidently and boldly approach others to spread to the faith, since otherwise âmany opportunities for mission work are lost.â