UK    NEW ARCHBISHOP DECLARES WAR ON CONSUMER CULTURE
The new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales declared war on "the culture of consumerism" on Wednesday, insisting it was the duty of Christians to draw people back to God.
   Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: 'The people of our country have to learn again what it is to wonder at the gifts of God'
   Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, 67, gave a passionate speech to announce his appointment as the Archbishop of Westminster, succeeding the late Cardinal Basil Hume. Stating his battle plan to reinvigorate the Church, he said Christian practice and the Christian message had been "diminished" in England and Wales and in their place people were becoming "enslaved" by consumerism.
   He said: "This is a seduction that assumes that everything can be bought and sold and that even human beings are assessed by what they have rather than what they are," said the bishop. "The people of our country have to learn again what it is to wonder at the gifts of God. We are to worship Him alone."
   
Telegraph 16/2/00

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