April 9, 2012

Europe today is a culture in which God appears to be "silent and unmissed in the lives of many," the Irish bishops warn in a new pastoral letter issued March 29.

The document, Repent and Believe the Good News, deals with the importance of repentance for the Irish Catholic Church.

The bishops said that today there are "many spheres of life in which even believers rarely recognize the relevance of the Gospel."

They reiterated Pope Benedict's question of whether the West, "the heartlands of Christianity," is tired of its faith, bored by its history and culture, and no longer wishes to know faith in Jesus Christ.

Welcoming the publication of the letter, the primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, said that repentance was the only path to real renewal for Ireland and the Church.