Driving along route 138 north of Quebec the towns are dotted with their charming 18th century church steeples. But the Catholic faith—vibrant only a few decades ago—is now all but dead. This is not only the story in Nouvelle France, but in Old France as well. And Spain. And Germany. Ireland is falling fast into the crevice of a post-Christian banishment of God from the culture. And we are not far behind.
This is not simply a Catholic problem. Calvinist Holland and Switzerland, Lutheran Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Anglican England, Baptist Wales, Presbyterian Scotland all find their empty churches turning into discothèques and restaurants and senior centers. God simply is not relevant to contemporary culture.