From the Cape Cod Times
Pope Benedict XVI is condemning what he called "growing aversion" to the Christian faith in the world.
Benedict urged Christians to invigorate efforts to spread their faith's message despite what he described as the unfriendly climate to Christianity in parts of the world. He did not specify any particular region.
"In a world marked by religious indifference and even by a growing aversion toward the Christian faith, a new, intense activity of evangelization is necessary," the pope said.
He urged Christians to overcome their differences through dialogue so that they can unite their efforts to influence debates in society on ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia and the limits of science and technology.
While Christians aren't quite hiding in the catacombs, the persecution many endure in the western world is far more subtle but no less vicious. If you are open about or comfortable with stating your faith, you are ridiculed or attacked especially by those who claim to be "progressive", "open minded", and "inclusive." Witness the treatment of Tim Tebow and his mother by those who are pro-abortion. The comparison of the Duggars (whose countercultural evangelical lifestyle is viewed with disdain by the "elites") to dogs by PETA. To be anti-Christian, or pan-syncretic is a sign that you are cosmpolitan. It is stylish bigotry that finds welcome and gains entrance into the salons of today. Upon his assumption of the Pontificate, Benedict XVI stated that he could see the Church becoming a "remnant Church." May it not be so but, better that than dilution into relativism.