As reported in the Catholic Herald, on the eve of the first anniversary of Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini's death, September 2, 2013, Pope Francis publicly praised Martini as "a father for the whole Church," a “prophetic” figure and a “man of discernment and peace.”
I know Martini was a fellow Jesuit, like Francis. I know the Holy Father must have searched for something kindly to say about him. But why would he say precisely these things?
Cardinal Martini was notoriously one of the most revisionist liberal prelates of his generation, and a Cardinal to boot. From his writings and interviews, one easily gathers the nature of his perspective and the kinds of things he favored and promoted. He
- encouraged opening up the reception of communion to divorced and remarried Catholics
- favored homosexual civil unions
- called for a more collegial and synodal approach to church government
- insisted that you can't make God a "Catholic" God
- claimed that the Catholic Church is 200 years behind the times
- declared that our liturgical rites and vestments are pompous
- favored the dissent of the German and Austrian bishops against Humanae Vitae
- promoted widespread ill-defined ecumenism and inter-religious relations.
[Hat tip to J.V. - Advisory: Rules 7-9]]