If these bleak landscapes are all that remain of true Christian culture in Western Europe, where the Orthodox Faith once flourished, what hope is there for the South, which has only ever breathed the less than wholesome air of post-Orthodox Europe?
In 2012 Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev stated, “The fact is, the Catholic Church in the West exists today under an information blockade, under a very hard diktat from secular society. In this case we are without questions allies.
After decades of cornering Christians in the public arena, Catholics and Evangelics in the West are getting ever closer while they are seemingly in retreat.
Christianity has absolutely vanished from the public sphere. But I think the main problem is spiritual, not political. The reason why we have all these problems with migrants and refugees is because of our lack of Christian faith. It is not the strength of Islam that is the problem; it is the weakness of the Christians.