The bishops warn of an “artificial resurgence of the two Spains”

“The confrontations grow and it seems that we are witnessing an artificial resurgence of ‘the two Spains’ of such a dramatic memory”. The Spanish bishops analyze the Spanish reality. And they do it in a catastrophic way, in the face of “a convulsive socio-political situation”, which has led our country to “a profound institutional crisis”, which they compare with the moments before the Civil War. In a statement called to be the ‘program’ of the Episcopal Conference (CEE) for the next five years, and that the Episcopate Press Office ‘made public’ through the web (those responsible for the Spanish Church, aware of the conflict that it could lead to with the Government, have preferred a low profile, very much in line with the lack of transparency of the EEC), the bishops denounce “the irruption of media and political strategies based on post-truth” that lead to a society marked by “disengagement, mistrust and confrontation.”

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The ‘Pastoral Orientations for the 2021-25 quinquennium’ of the Episcopal Conference show a society increasingly distant from religiosity and values ​​and, perhaps for this reason, more tense. For the first time in decades, the bishops admit that “the environmental culture that we Spaniards live in is no longer a culture inspired by the Christian faith.”

“The defense of multiple dissociated identities, without a shared narrative, generates confrontation to affirm one’s position. There is little space for democratic deliberation, shared narratives and even simply the word. Among the institutions affected by disengagement is the family and active membership in institutions such as the Church, “says the document, which traces” a convulsive socio-political situation “with” a deep institutional crisis, in which some political groups wanted to open a second constituent phase. ”

Education, euthanasia, abortion, democratic memory …

“The questioning of the Constitution, the monarchy, the judiciary, together with the strong independence tensions in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, fill Spanish society with concern and uncertainty,” insists the document, which points out how “the clashes grow and it seems that we are witnessing an artificial resurgence of ‘the two Spains’ of such a dramatic memory “.

“This situation is supported by the legislative initiatives of the Coalition Government on education, euthanasia, abortion, democratic memory, the General Council of the Judiciary, which are in line with the aforementioned deconstruction project on a global scale,” denounce the Spanish bishops, who warn that these initiatives “put freedom at risk and hinder the essential unity, so necessary in the midst of the health crisis and at the dawn of an economic crisis with unpredictable social consequences.”

Regarding the ecclesial situation, the bishops admit that “the Spanish Church experiences the consequences of the great transformation”, with different groups of believers: those who “manifest themselves as Catholics” but whose participation in ecclesial life “is very weak and sporadic. “; the “baptized who declare themselves Catholic but organize their lives ‘as if God did not exist'”; an “emerging post-secular group, dissatisfied with the life proposal of permanent progress and that has not embraced either faith or anti-religious prejudices”; and the group of “Catholic immigrants”, in whom they place their trust for the future.

And it is that the episcopal analysis highlights “the decrease in the number of people who participate in the sacramental life.” “Especially striking is the decline in marriages, and as a logical consequence baptisms decrease and participation in first communions begins to decline appreciably”, analyzes the document, which also admits the “evident” decline in vocations to the priesthood and life religious.

The Christian proposal, “incomprehensible”

In addition, the finding that, “for many people, Christian truths are now incomprehensible and the moral standards that flow from the Gospel have become unacceptable,” emphasize the bishops, who stress that “the truths that we try to convey are difficult to understand. and the moral proposal very difficult to accept “.

“This entails a profound cultural challenge; the Church, which over the centuries has generated so much culture, today observes how cinema, theater, music, TV series make cultural proposals that are indifferent or antithetical to Christian culture” , denounces the Spanish Church, which has its own radio and television channels, as well as a presence in the publicly owned media, based on the Church-State Agreements.

Finally, the bishops also stop at “some difficulties” that “have appeared repeatedly in the media.” Which? “Serious cases of abuse or other inappropriate behavior, as well as the insistence on patrimonial matters such as registration, IBI, etc., contribute to the loss of trust in many people.” What to do? “If we do not manage to overcome that environmental distrust that, in wide sectors of our society, has been installed with respect to the Church, evangelization becomes more difficult for us,” and even more so considering that “we are no longer in a regime of Christianity because faith – especially in Europe, but even in much of the West – it is no longer an obvious assumption of life in common; in fact, it is often even denied, mocked, marginalized, ridiculed. ”

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