Madrid, Spain, Sep 5, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Addressing thousands of faithful together with political leaders gathered in the Cathedral of Palencia, Spain, to celebrate its patron saint, St. Antolin, Bishop Rafael Palmero of Palencia denounced the “pulverization of religious culture” in Spain by the socialist government.
During his homily Bishop Palmero said, “The Catholic Church in Europe today is concerned, since this pulverization is occurring in Spain as well with the socialist government.”
“To all this must be added the increasing lack of belief among women, who have always been the ones to hand on the faith in the family,” he said.
Referring to the current moral crisis in the country, the bishop also said, “The resurgence of new religious movements and the sirens of secularization are alarming.” In the midst of this situation, Bishop Palmero pointed to signs of hope, such as the presence and action of the Church in the American continent. “America is the continent of hope for Catholicism,” he added.