Apologetics of Presence

The Church has a crucial role in today's society, and must not believe the secularist opinion of its current irrelevance, stated the president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, archbishop of Westminster, affirmed this Thursday at a lecture about his vision of the Catholic Church in Britain titled "Gaudium et Spes -- The Shape of the Church: Past, Present and to Come."

The cardinal observed, "There has been a subtle but deep change in the way the Catholic Church has been perceived by contemporary culture." Yet, he added, "I believe the Church has a perspective and a wisdom which our society cannot afford to exclude or silence."

The Church's unique perspective, he stated, in the defense of the common good of all people, gives it a particular capacity to contribute to current issues such as the economic crisis.
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