Korean Catholics are faced with the temptation to consider their inheritance from the past dismissively. An article in the Kyeongyang magazine by a professor of ethics laments to see Catholicism changed by our environment and society: diminishment of the passion once had for the faith, and a shadow on the future of the church.
see the results of this in our examination of the situation in the
church. Surveys have showed repeatedly the change of spiritual
practices, and behavior, and values of Catholics. A Gallup survey
recently showed the way the parishioners see divorce, abortion and
homosexuality are very similar to those who have no belief. In 1984,
57 % said they prayed at least once a day but in 2014 this decreased
to 30 %. In 1984, 11 % said they never opened the Scriptures while last
year it was 30%.
In the past traditional religious
ways and authority were a powerful force in society. Many considered religion shackling us to ways that took away our freedom. Love, mercy, filial
affection, sacrifice, and the like, are values that society no longer
admires. Rather today it is efficiency, and
modernity, non-traditional and non-authoritarian values, that are
supported and admired.
What is important is the here
and now, and not the next life. Happiness now is what is
wanted. More important than faith is health, present pleasure; they
prefer material and bodily values which are a challenge
to religion. More important than the spiritual is the body. Old
moral standards are burdensome measurements, and the relics from the
Individual likes and dislikes are important. If it suits me it is good, and if not it is evil. Consequently,
society, virtue, citizens' understanding, common good, politics and
family have deteriorated. Technology is favored, consciences are numbed, consolation is sought, meaning of life disappears. Economics are elevated, virtue has retreated, sex is
everywhere and love misunderstood, pleasure has increased and joy lessened.
We as Christians are forced to act as
Christians. What does that mean? In this world living according to
the Gospel is extremely difficult, and we try to rationalize, but we
need to keep on teaching what is the true meaning of religion. We have
to keep on fighting against those who are building this virtual reality
and fantasy world, and oppose them, and expect the mockery that will
come like that received by Noah in building the ark.