Cardinal Martini dies, leaves parting shot:”Get with it.”


Reuters News Agency alerted us  that on Saturday September 1 the former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini had left this earth. Martini was the highly respected archbishop of Milan whose homilies attracted thinking young Catholics. He knew Christianity was an adult religion so his thoughtful talks were highly popular. Had Martini’s health been up to it he would have given Joseph Ratzinger a run for the papacy.

Just before his death the Jesuit Martini, an outstanding scripture scholar and former  rector of the Gregorian Pontifical University  left a parting message to the church he had so loyally served.It was “we are 200 years out of date”.

He went on to say what many progressives believed that “the church is a pompous and bureaucratic institution failing to move with the times. Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up; our rituals and our cassocks are pompous,”

In the Corriere della Sera article Martini suggested the way foraward: “The church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the pope and the bishops, The pedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformaton.

The cardinal’s common sensical remarks of the last decade on numerous topics had ordinary people nodding their heads in agreement.

Regarding condoms: acceptable in some cases,celibacy, let’s talk, divorce and remarriage: “A woman is abandoned by her husband and finds a new companion to look after her and her children. A second love succeeds. If this family is discriminated against, not just the mother will be cut off, but also her children.”

In this way “the church loses the future generation,” the cardinal said in the interview, made two weeks before he died.

The cardinal’s final message to Pope Benedict was to begin a shake-up of the Catholic Church without delay.

The church is 200 years out of date,” he said. “Why don’t we rouse ourselves? Are we afraid?”

The answer appears to be yes.


1 Comment »

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    I agree with some of his remarks but not with others divorce…the Church needs the theology of Jesus, what Jesus taught and not what any man, intelligent and gifted as he may be thinks. Regarding other issues I so tend to agree with him…

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