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Dutch Cardinal Expects Worldwide Collapse Of The Church

Utrecht Cardinal Willem Eijk, Netherlands, speaks about the collapse of the Dutch Church in an interview book by Andrea Galli (Sandro Magister, September 21).

The Netherlands were one of the most Catholic countries worldwide providing for 12% of the Catholic missionaries. Now, out of a population of 17 million only 150,000 attend Sunday Mass, most of them immigrants.

According to Eijk already in the 1940s, Dutch Catholics were tied to the Church more for social reasons, such as being a member in a Catholic association, than by the Faith.

He observes that Vatican II wanted the Church to open up to society, which it did, while society did not opened up to the Church. Instead, the Church was expelled from public life. After this, "the Church fell into one of the deepest faith crises in its history.”

Eijk suggest that the Church needs to put its own house in order before it will be able to evangelise the world.

He doesn't expect a schism, “I rather think that what has already happened with us in Holland will happen in many parts of the world.”

Picture: Willem Eijk, © wikicommons, CC BY-SA, #newsJyvkowlmho

Ultraviolet
" and those who follow the pope, Benedict XVI." @Zechariah 4:06 Except now it's FATHER Benedict by his own request and HE follows Pope Francis. Same old filthy ltitle "Jimmies". So ,no, there's no "schism" only schismatics like you and Barnacle. Pic related.
Prayhard
Wim Eijk is correct. 150,000 is another way of saying dead. The poisoned fruit of V2 needs to die.
P. O'B
Just after reading this, I read about the increasing number of those being euthanized in the Netherlands. Cause and effect. If salt becomes insipid, it is fit for nothing more than to be tossed out and trampled under foot. That's the story of the Conciliar Church.
mystic
The problem with the schism is that someone must start it.
And you will always loose the Vatican and Rome when you start it.
Getting into power and change things goes through excommunication first.
There is no cakewalk to Jesus.