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Cardinal Martini: Clarity: the Church is tired…200 years behind

From Commonweal

 Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini’s

Last Interview

September 1, 2012, 5:34 pm
Posted by Paul Moses

In what is described as his last interview, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said that the Catholic Church is 200 years behind the times and called for it to recognize its mistakes and embark on a radical journey of change.

Cardinal Martini, who died Friday at the age of 85, had been interviewed Aug. 8.

Cardinal Martini called the church in Europe and America “tired” and, as Reuters reported, continued: “Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.”

He later added, as CNN reported, “The Church has remained 200 years behind the times. Why has it not been shaken up? Are we scared? Fear instead of courage?”

“To overcome its fatigue, the Church must admit its mistakes and make radical changes, the cardinal said, adding that the sex abuse scandals require a journey of conversion and transformation. Sacraments should be a healing tool, and “not a tool for discipline.”

Q.What do you do personally?

A. The Church is two hundred years behind. Why is it not being stirred? Are we afraid? Afraid instead of courageous? Faith is the Church’s foundation–faith, confidence, courage. I’m old and ill and depend on the help of others. The good people around me enable me to experience love.

This love is stronger than the feeling of discouragement that I sometimes feel in looking at the Church in Europe.

Only love conquers weariness. God is Love.

I have a question for you: “What can you do for the Church?”

“In the end, he said, only love can overcome the distrust of the church that he has seen in Europe. And only love will conquer the fatigue that besets the church. He is missed.”

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