Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died last week. He was a renowned scripture scholar, former archbishop of Milan, a popular writer, and a rare Jesuit bishop. In an interview shortly before his death, Martini discussed the need for renewal in the church. An excerpt:
“Vatican II gave the Bible back to Catholics. Only those who perceive this Word in their heart can be part of those who will help achieve renewal of the church, and who will know how to respond to personal questions with the right choice. The Word of God is simple, and seeks out as its companion a heart that listens. … Neither the clergy nor ecclesiastical law can substitute for the inner life of the human person. All the external rules, the laws, the dogmas, are there to clarify this internal voice and for the discernment of spirits.”
Doubt it, Suzanne Marie. Good thing God is still in control of things.
Thank You for this invaluable post, and thank God for men like the late Cardinal Martini, SJ. Is anyone listening?
God is larger and bigger than the Church.