“Christianity cannot be a negative concept”

The sorrow we felt when seeing the Cathedral Notre-Dame on fire shows us perfectly how deeply and strongly interconnected are Christianity and the European identity, cardinal Peter Erdo, the Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest told Valasz Online on Good Friday.

Speaking of public life, the cardinal stressed that the Church itself does not wish to sympathise with any political grouping.

“Can you call a country or a continent Christian? You can, if you only take cultural traditions and architecture but personal beliefs are more important. Let us ask what those people arriving to Europe think about the world. This question is, alas, not an easy one,”

he said answering a question about migration, adding that a “clash of civilisations can be a forecast – but also an intention! One thing is for sure: we may never aim to turn civilisations against each other”.

“Christianity cannot be a negative concept. It never defines what I am not. It means I belong to Christ,”

the cardinal stressed in the lengthy interview.

Source: Hungary Journal

Photo: MTI

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