The Pope Has a Point

In his warnings of European decline, Pope Francis has hit upon the West's central failing.

The pontiff's denunciation of European materialism stings.

Photographer: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

In a speech last week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis denounced a materialistic Europe that had grown indifferent to human dignity and to the "transcendent dimension." The first Latin American pontiff went on to compare Europe to a "haggard" grandmother.

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