It’s voices like Cardinal Martini’s that we need to hear more loudly in the Church today. Let me add my prayer to Frank’s .. not only that Cardinal Martini will intercede on our behalf, but that his insight, wisdom and faith will inspire priests, deacons, religious, lay leaders and especially bishops to approach the issues that divide us with such a hopeful spirit. RIP.
For those who work and hope for a Catholic Church that is more welcoming and inclusive of LGBT people, and more in line with the spirit of Vatican II, there’s a new saint in heaven to intercede.
Cardinal Carlo Maria Montini, former archbishop of Milan and once talked of as a possible successor to John Paul II, has died at the age of 85. In his final interview, published a day after his death on August 31st, he declared that the church is 200 years behind the times.
CNN’s Religion Blog reports the cardinal’s quote:
” ‘The Church has remained 200 years behind the times. Why has it not been shaken up?” Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said in an interview published in Saturday’s Corriere dell Sera newspaper. ‘Are we scared? Fear instead of courage? However, faith is the fundamental to the church.’ “
The New York Times reported Martini’s…
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