Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2017 / 05:24 am
Despite the challenges of secularization, a Dutch cardinal encouraged Catholics from his country and from all parts of the world to be a "creative minority" in society.
Cardinal Wilhelm Jacobus Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht, recently spoke with CNA in Rome, while giving a presentation on euthanasia. Eijk studied medicine before becoming a priest, and wrote a doctoral dissertation on euthanasia.
The cardinal, however, identifies euthanasia as only one of many issues the Church is facing amidst a secularizing society.
Between 2003 and 2013, the Catholic population of the Netherlands declined by 589,500. Catholics now represent just 22.9 percent of population, according to 2015 data.