Secularization: A Concrete Case

19 12 2008


From Platonic Shift by Lee Hamilton

The change that has taken hold in Qu├ębec has been astonishingly rapid. I come from a francophone family (on my mother’s side) that was steeped in Catholicism, but which has – over the four living generations that can still be gathered in a (large) room – lived out the dramatic inter-generational passage from religiosity to secularism.

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It is pretty certain that no such secularization has yet to take place in Latin America, and even the cult of Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde in Mexico, among other things, means that secularism has not yet penetrated in spite of the best attempts of the government to supress the influence of the Church in Mexico. Nevertheless, in Argentina, it was interesting how many people didn’t even know what a cassock was. It is a universal phenomenon, just taking different forms in different places.

In the end, it seems that secularization, as I have argued before, comes about when people feel they no longer need God for their daily needs. As Mr. Hamilton argues, in the case of Quebec, the government stepped in to take the Church’s place, and in many ways it is doing a better job. There is no real way around it: being affluent weakens religion. No wonder Our Lord is so harsh against rich people in the Gospel.