Benedict XVI said today in Fribourg, in northwestern Germany, that the real crisis of the Church in the Western world is a crisis of faith and said that if there are not a genuine renewal of faith, any structural reform will be ineffective.
In a meeting with the Council of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZDK), a leading German organization of laity, Pope Ratzinger said in our rich Western and welfare in Europe, order and efficiency are "a lot of poverty, poverty in human relationships and in the religious sphere. "
The Bishop of Rome claimed that we live in a time characterized "by a subliminal relativism that permeates every area of life" and sometimes that relativism becomes a "feisty, directed against those who claim to know where to find the truth or meaning of life. "
Benedict XVI said that relativism "exerts a growing influence on human relationships and society" and stressed that this is manifested in the "inconsistency and discontinuity of many people and excessive individualism."
The pontiff noted that there are many people unable to give or sacrifice for others and warned that altruistic commitment is declining for the common good in the social and cultural, or on behalf of the needy.
"Others already are not eligible to join unconditionally to a couple and is hardly ever finds the courage to promise lifelong fidelity, the value of choice and say 'I am now totally belong to you, or sincerely seek the solution of engaging with decision problems for the fidelity and accuracy, "he said.
Benedict insisted that "our rich Western world is lacking" and that many people do not find a point of contact with the church institutions and traditional structures, so that Catholics need to think "very seriously".
The Pope said the Church is organized optimally, but wondered: "behind the structures, is the spiritual force for the power of faith in a living God."
"We must honestly say that there is a gap between the structures and the Spirit and add that the real crisis of the Church in the Western world is a crisis of faith and if we do a real renewal of faith, any structural reform will be ineffective" he said firmly.