Madrid is a city of sin, says cardinal

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2005, MADRID-Madrid is a hotbed of sin, according to the Spanish capital's Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.

24 January 2005

MADRID-Madrid is a hotbed of sin, according to the Spanish capital's Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.

"In Madrid, there is sinning on a massive scale, sometimes with insolence, sometimes insouciantly," he told Cadena Ser radio station, without elaborating on what type of sins were being committed.

"Renouncing faith is starting to become a reality among us," Rouco Varela added in comments made to El Mundo newspaper.

The remarks were made after the cardinal, the Catholic Church's most senior figure in Spain, inaugurated a synod assembly at Madrid's Almudena Cathedral.

Since the arrival ten months ago of a Socialist government the Catholic church and the new administration have fallen out over issues such as homosexual marriage and making divorce easier, both flagship government policies.

Rouco Varela blasted Spain's leaders for, in his view, failing to transmit any kind of spiritual message to the people.

"The good and the great in the corridors and institutions of economic, cultural and political power leave out any reference to the will of God when they think about the future of society," he said, adding that many church congregations were falling amid a shortage of new priests.

According to a 2004 official study, the proportion of young Spaniards practising the Catholic religion has halved over the past four years from 28 percent to 14.2 percent.

The Catholic church has traditionally wielded considerable influence in Spanish society but in recent years this has been on the wane.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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