Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 09:42 am
The 2012 Synod of Bishops on evangelization began its second day with a call for the Catholic Church to roll back the "tsunami of secularism" that has swept over modern society in recent decades.
"It is almost as if this tsunami, this wave has washed across everything we lived by and simply took most of it away," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Oct 8.
"We have experienced, I believe, in recent decades such a movement of secular hegemony that sees the horizons of life limited to the secular world that doesn't see a role for faith, for the belief that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, that there is a moral order that is objective and that we cannot change."
The 71-year-old American cardinal is charged by Pope Benedict XVI with steering the work of the synod. Under the title of General Relator, Cardinal Wuerl is tasked with guiding the discussions of the 262 participants as they attempt to map out a plan for bringing the Gospel to the modern world.