“The spiritual void that threatens society is above all a cultural void, and it is the moral conscience renewed by the Gospel of Christ which can truly fill it” (Address to the Pontifical Council for Culture [PCC], Jan. 10, 1992).
“A faith that does not become culture is not fully accepted, not entirely thought out, not faithfully lived” (Address to the PCC, March 18, 1994).
“Your vocation, in this turn of the century and of the millennium, is that of creating a new culture of love and hope, inspired by the truth that frees us in Christ Jesus. This is the goal of inculturation; this is the priority of the New Evangelization” (ibid.).
“It is in the name of the Christian faith that the Second Vatican Council committed the whole Church to listen to modern man in order to understand him and to invent a new kind of dialogue which would permit the originality of the Gospel message to be carried to the heart of contemporary mentalities. We must then rediscover the apostolic creativity and the prophetic power of the first disciples in order to face new cultures. Christ’s word must appear in all of its freshness to the young generations whose attitudes are sometimes so difficult to understand for the traditionally minded, but who are far from being closed to spiritual values. Many times I have affirmed that the dialogue between the Church and the cultures of the world has assumed a vital importance for the future of the Church and of the world. … This dialogue is absolutely indispensable for the Church, because, otherwise, evangelization will remain a dead letter” (Address to the PCC, Jan. 18, 1983).