.- Cardinal Antonio CaÃ±izares of Toledo said this week Christians need to strengthen their faith in the resurrection in order to confront the âlightâ mentality of the times characterized by the ânihilistic tetralogyâ of hedonism, consumerism, permissiveness and relativism.
âWithout faith in the resurrection,â the cardinal said, Christians lose the power to confront âthe âlightâ man of the civilization of our times, who carries as his banner a nihilistic tetralogy: hedonism, consumerism, permissiveness and relativism.â In other words, this modern set of beliefs centers on four things which all lack a foundation in the truth.
The elements of this nihilistic tetralogy create âa man without substance, without content, given over to money, power, success and unrestricted and limitless pleasure,â Cardinal CaÃ±izares explained. Such individuals âlack orientation, have great moral emptiness and are unhappy even though materially they have almost everything,â he said.
The cardinal lamented that in todayâs world, âfaith in the resurrection has weakened, there has been too much silence in the teaching of catechetics and in preaching, and with all of that the Christian faith has been damagedâ and reduced to âjust another moral system.â