Cardinal Jozef De Kesel has called on Catholics not to give up hope in a world of poverty and violence. Speaking during an Easter vigil in the cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels, Cardinal De Kesel, the senior member of the Catholic clergy in Belgium, also took the opportunity to hit out at the scourge of sexual abuse in the Church.
But in fact it is mistrust that stands in the way of hope. “When you allow yourself to think that everything is going wrong and the suffering has no end, then you are believing that death is stronger than life, then we become cynical and scornful, overcome by the sickness of discouragement. Stone by stone we erect in ourselves a monument to unhappiness, a tomb for hope.”