Cardinal Rodriguez highlighs faith-action split

posted 8 Oct 2008, 20:33 by Stefan Gigacz

Zenit reports that in a summary of the situation of the word of God in the Americas, Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, revealed that there is a wedge between what Christians know about the Bible and the actions they carry out in public life.

Addressing the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Rodriguez said that "globalization has its positive aspects especially with regard to information".

" We are informed of what happens in our countries, and many times of the great scandals of every type," the cardinal said.

"Nonetheless," he added, "we lament that many of those involved in this political and social scene have passed by our centers of formation -- be it catechesis, youth groups, colleges and universities."

He asked: "What has been the role of the teaching of the word of God in them? Did we help them to find God in the word? Why aren't the values of the Gospel the guide of their lives upon arriving to public life, and in whatever situation they find themselves in?"

Cardinal Rodríguez called for a rethinking of the "way in which we educate the biblical faith" so that the word "changes," and "modifies conduct to being Christian."

Source: Zenit