Some of the information that reaches public opinion about the Church conveys a problematic, if not outright negative, view of the Church: abuseThe company's products are in dissonance with the demands of today's society, modern culture, current trends and lifestyles.
From this perspective, the Church and Christianity, in general, appear as a hindrance, an obstacle to "progress". It is normal for Christians to feel this social and cultural environment, which tries to hide, overlap or pass indifferent to the Christian faith.
This should not frighten us, nor should it disturb or impress us, much less should it lead us to hide our faith. With simplicity, without losing our calm, we must live according to what we believe in all the environments in which our life as Christians unfolds. The Lord already warned us that there would be opposition, that the Christian faith would not always be accepted with peace. What cannot happen is that we shrink back, that we fill ourselves with complexes or that we hide our being disciples of Christ.
It attacks, for example, the celibacy or the Christian doctrine on human sexuality or the role of women in the Church, but in the end what is at stake and what is attacked is the Christian faith. Those who judge the Church from the outside, as just another human institution, without faith in Christ, will always consider it to be "backward", out of step with the times, in short, a hindrance to the enjoyment of the body and of life.
We are at the gates of Holy Week and the Church will once again proclaim the Cross of Christ as the source of salvation, happiness and life. This is the paradox of Christianity. Whoever chooses the force of his desire, autonomous and individualistic, as the only way to happiness, will not need God or any redemption, nor any mediation between God and man. But this option, taken to the extreme, leaves man alone, subjected to his desire, which in the end is "his god". For those who make this option, Christ is superfluous, the Church is superfluous and the priesthoodbecause the eternal value of the person is annulled.
Archbishop of the Diocese of Mérida Badajoz