Well, given Fr. Rosica’s grand eulogization of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., much is now explained about Fr. Rosica’s worldview. The deceased Cardinal was a mentor (of sorts) to Fr. Rosica. I think we can collectively add, “Ohhhhhh. Now it all makes sense.”
Indeed it does.
Some of Martini’s positions in relation to remarried divorcees, the recognition of same-sex unions and the subject of bioethics, have sparked a great deal of debate in recent years. Some thought that Martini’s questioning might be too open for Catholic moral doctrine. They missed the boat in what he was saying.
No we didn’t, Father. We got it, like anyone versed in Churchspeak gets it – even Archbishops get what he was saying. Even the authorities at the CDF get it, but don’t go public with it for obvious reasons. We didn’t miss the boat on what he was saying at all. He was attacking the boat that we’re currently voyaging on. Have you heard of it? It’s called the Barque of Peter.
In addition to his scandalous dissents on sexual ethics, we all know what he wanted to do with authority and the priesthood in the Church too. His liberal, un-Catholic views were very well known.
They also didn’t pay attention to his other clear declarations in defense of marriage, life and against abortion, in favour of equality in education and his proposals for a careful and intelligent integration of Muslims into Milanese society were at the core of his teaching and pastoral ministry.
His declarations about the defense of marriage and life were shabby at best and a scandal at worst. His open and brazen dissent on Humanae vitae was not the language of a faithful son of the Church, and his support for homosexual civil unions was another scandal. Cardinal Martini didn’t write the Winnipeg Statement, but he sure was its spiritual author.
Those who wish to label him “the liberal archbishop” or the “anti-Pope”; or to set him against either Pope John Paul II or Benedict XVI are wrong in their immature and uninformed judgment. Martini’s Christianity was profoundly rooted in the Word of God, in the Sacraments and in the Church. He was an intelligent, loyal servant of the Church.
Of course. We all know that Cardinal Martini is saved. You said so yourself, Father: “Please join us to pray in thanksgiving for the life and rich ministry of this great shepherd and teacher, who is now in the presence of his Lord and Master of the Church whom he served with love and dedication.” (Source). Blessed John Paul II took many years to be declared Blessed but Martini is put on the fast track of a day or two! Here’s a hint to everyone out there: Martini is no saint and there will be no invocations to him — other than perhaps by NCR, the liberal secular rags and by Fr. Rosica.
Faithful sons of the Church do not refer to Her as “200 years out of date”. We all know what he was saying. It’s the same kind of diplomatic blather which got a pass and a wink in decades gone by, but in the future, this kind of concealed cheap talk will be called out on the carpet. We won’t tolerate it anymore.
And as for “immaturity” and being “uniformed”, these are the typical labels high-browed liberals like Fr. Rosica like to mete out to us peasants. It’s the pathetic attempt to brow-beat people who are indeed hip to what the Cardinal has said. It’s not just us, either. Many if not most faithful bishops and cardinals share our views of the late Cardinal, and Fr. Rosica knows it too. That’s why there are fewer and fewer Cardinal Martinis in the College of Cardinals. In fact, I don’t think there are any left. The “Progressive” experiment has finally passed on. That’s why there’s hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth in the press and among the Catholic Left.
Cardinal Martini was a brilliant man who did a few good things. It’s tragic, however, that he chose to use his prominence to attack the Church’s magisterium on many central issues of our day. We should pray that the Lord has mercy on his soul, but as for a public celebration of his ministry? I dissent.