The man of yesterday, like that of today, without distinction of race, color of skin, culture, country and continent, is directed almost exclusively toward the possession and use of material goods. And in the more specific cultural context of western society, it is not exaggerating to affirm that man works, organizes and manages human, political, economic and commercial relationships, unleashes wars, produces arms of mass destruction, invades and conquers countries only or almost exclusively to extract and accumulate material riches from them, in support of his authority and dominance.
With the excuse of bringing democracy, peace and liberty the West has created chaos in many countries, above all in the Middle East. My judgment may be imprecise or exaggerated, however we cannot deny the present reality. Above all, Western culture has progressively organized itself as if God did not exist: many today have decided to do without God. As Nietzsche affirms, for many in the West, God is dead. And we are the ones who killed him, we are his assassins and our Churches are the crypts and tombs of God. A good number of the faithful do not go to them anymore to avoid smelling the putrefaction of God; but doing so, man does not know anymore either who he is or where he is going: there is a sort of return to paganism and idolatry; science, technology, money, power, freedom unbounded, pleasure without limit are our gods.
Robert Cardinal Sarah, launch of the German edition of his book, God or Nothing, Rome, 20 November 2015.