Faithless are Coarse, Uncaring and Without Purpose
Faithless are coarse, uncaring and without purpose, says Cardinal Pell
Jacqueline MaleyNovember 29, 2010
THE lives of people without faith have ''nothing beyond the constructs they confect to cover the abyss'', Cardinal George Pell said yesterday.
''A minority of people, usually people without religion, are frightened by the future,'' Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, said during his homily at the St Mary's Cathedral Mass.
''It's almost as though they've … nothing but fear to distract themselves from the fact that without God the universe has no objective purpose or meaning. Nothing beyond the constructs they confect to cover the abyss.''
Life without God was ''life without purpose, without constraints'', he said.
Cardinal Pell said education was not enough to create a civilised society, that faith was necessary too. He cited the example of 20th century Germany, which he said was the best educated society in the world when Hitler became leader.
''Australian society will become increasingly coarse and uncaring … if Christian principles are excluded from public discussion.
''The secularists pursuing this aim won't be successful.''
We should not create an ''ideological apartheid'' between faith and reason, Cardinal Pell said.
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