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Pope worried about popular culture's ignorance of Gospel values

Proclamation of the Gospel message is more difficult today because of a cultural environment "submerged in cultural ambiences that are often ignorant of any spiritual or inner dimension", said Pope John Paul II.

The Holy Father was expressing his concern when he met recently with the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

"Without a doubt, it must be said that in no other period of history was there such a rupture in the process of the transmission of moral and religious values between generations, which leads to a kind of heterogeneity between the Church and the contemporary world," he said.

According to the Holy Father, the greatest challenge falls on families and school institutions, "which have the onerous task to transmit human, moral and spiritual values to young generations, which will allow them to be men and women who are concerned to lead an upright personal life and to commit themselves to social life."

This challenge entails a very specific objective: to develop educational systems based on a "serious" anthropology capable of "giving reasons about who man is and, especially, on what makes him live," he said.

"From the moment that philosophy meets Christ in the Gospel it can really begin to spread to all nations," the Pope said, giving examples from history such as the time of St Augustine and the Christian philosophers of the 20th century.

Pontifical Council for Culture


21 Mar 2002