Vatican is rocked by Cardinal Martini’s damning words from beyond the grave
Hours after Milan’s former archbishop, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, passed away on Friday at the age of 85, the leading daily paper ‘Corriere della Sera’ printed his final interview, in which he attacks the church — and by implication its leadership — for being “200 years out of date”.
“Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous,” the cardinal said.
“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.”
Church insiders believe he wished for the interview to be published following his death.
Cardinal Martini, who was on the liberal wing of the church hierarchy, was once tipped to succeed as Pope.
His chances of being elected fell away when he revealed he was suffering from a rare form of Parkinson’s disease and he retired in 2002.
Instead, the ultraconservative German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen to be Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 following the death of John Paul II. [More]