In this powerful book by the acclaimed spiritual leader and best-selling writer, one he calls his "most important", he analyzes the profound spiritual, moral and political crisis in the contemporary world. He says that he "considers that the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."
"At the root of the collapse of the West, there is a cultural identity crisis. The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."
In these words, Cardinal Sarah summarizes the theme of his book. His finding is simple: our world is on the brink of the abyss. Crisis of faith and of the Church, decline of the West, betrayal by its elites, moral relativism, endless globalism, unbridled capitalism, new ideologies, political exhaustion, movements inspired by Islamist totalitarianism.... The time has come for an unflinching diagnosis.
While making clear the gravity of the crisis through which the West has gone, the Cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without man, a world without hope.
After the great international success of his first two books, God or Nothing and The Power of Silence, Cardinal Sarah offers a wide-ranging reflection on the crisis of the contemporary world while teaching many important spiritual lessons.
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About the Author
Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014.
Nicolas Diat is a French journalist and author. His previous collaboration with Cardinal Sarah was on his book, God or Nothing.
Table of Contents
Alas, Judas Iscariot 11
Part I Spiritual and Religious Collapse
1 The Crisis of Faith 23
2 The Crisis of the Priesthood 53
3 The Crisis of the Church 88
4 Acedia and the Identity Crisis 122
Part II Man Belittled
5 Hatred of Man 153
6 Hatred of Life 183
Part III The Fall of Truth, Moral Decadence, and Bad Political Habits
7 Where Is the World Headed? 205
8 Hatred, Ridicule, and Cynicism 214
9 Europe's Crisis 220
10 The Errors of the West 229
11 Ruthless Enemies 241
12 The Deceptive Seductions of Supposedly Emancipated Life 249
13 The Decline of Courage and the Fatal Utopias of the "Best of All Worlds" 255
14 The Face of Postmodern Democracies and Capitalism 268
15 The Funeral March of Decadence 281
16 Religious Liberty 287
Part IV Rediscovering Hope: The Practice of the Christian Virtues
17 God Opens His Hand 299
18 What Must We Do? 315
Postscript: Let Nothing Trouble Me 341