As if to amplify the point of our previous post, regarding Roman Catholics and condom use in the context of a committed marriage, we get this news of the recent death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. The Cardinal, in an interview not long before he died, said that the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date.” At least part of what he had in mind, is the Church’s teachings on sexual ethics.
It is heartening for those of us who believe that Christian churches can still be relevant, to hear a voice high in the hierarchy calling for revision and renewal. And, as I tell my Roman Catholic priest friends: it’s not just the Catholics who have problems. Too many American Protestant churches are a significant number of years out of date, too. We must listen with humility for God’s promptings into a new future, and act with conviction.
Here is the HuffPost Religion article on Cardinal Martini:
ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday.
Martini, once favoured by Vatican progressives to succeed Pope John Paul II and a prominent voice in the church until his death at the age of 85 on Friday, gave a scathing portrayal of a pompous and bureaucratic church 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,” Martini said in the interview published in [sic] Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
“The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the pope and the bishops. The paedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation,” he said in the interview.