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Pope Francis hails Cardinal Martini as ‘a father for the whole Church’

By on Monday, 2 September 2013

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

On the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Pope Francis called the late Jesuit and biblical scholar a “prophetic” figure and a “man of discernment and peace”.

The late cardinal, who died on August 31 2012, at the age of 85, was “a father for the whole Church”, and remembering one’s fathers “is an act of justice”, the Pope said during a meeting with a group of Italian Jesuits.

Representatives of the Italian Jesuit province met the Pope last Friday to present the creation of the Carlo Maria Martini Foundation – a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting the late cardinal’s writings and the study of his life and works. The foundation will work in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Milan, where Cardinal Martini served as archbishop from 1979 to 2002.

During the brief meeting, the Pope told the group that the late cardinal played an important role during the general congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1974 in discussions about the relationship between faith and justice.

Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, was present at the meeting and said the Pope also recalled Cardinal Martini’s contributions in fostering good relations and understanding between the Society of Jesus and the Holy See.

The Pope expressed his gratitude and esteem for the late cardinal and recalled how even Jesuits “at the ends of the earth” in Argentina would use his texts during their spiritual retreats.

The cardinal was a prolific author whose books were best-sellers in Italy and included everything from scholarly biblical exegesis to poetry and prayer guides.

When the cardinal died, Benedict XVI praised his generous service to the Gospel and the church and said this “authoritative biblicist” helped open for the church community “the treasures of the sacred Scriptures”.

  • Banmeagain

    I think the time may have come to petition the editors at the Catholic Herald to audit the comments that have been deleted. It would be obvious i believe under those circumstances to see how bizarre and poor and pathetic some of the moderation has been. If a few of us email the editor over the next few days you never know, they might take a look…..to make it easy here are a few emails to use and copy into any petition.

    admin@catholicherald.co.uk, madeleine@catholicherald.co.uk, ed@catholicherald.co.uk, editorial@catholicherald.co.uk, paul@catholicherald.co.uk.

  • Banmeagain

    Scary, my reply to you was deleted, probably because i suggested we petition the editor to audit the comments that have been removed. Why am i not surprised??

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    I can still see it, but another post of mine reprimanding someone for his spreading of objective heterodoxy has vanished.

  • Banmeagain

    My replies to you scary are all being deleted….it is time to take this higher…

  • Banmeagain

    I think the time may have come to petition the editors at the Catholic Herald to audit the comments that have been deleted. It would be obvious i believe under those circumstances to see how bizarre and poor and pathetic some of the moderation has been. If a few of us email the editor over the next few days you never know, they might take a look…..to make it easy here are a few emails to use and copy into any petition.
    admin@catholicherald.co.uk, madeleine@catholicherald.co.uk, ed@catholicherald.co.uk, editorial@catholicherald.co.uk, paul@catholicherald.co.uk.

  • Banmeagain

    Everything i write is now being deleted….without a trace.

  • Banmeagain

    I think the time may have come to petition the editors at the Catholic Herald to audit the comments that have been deleted. It would be obvious i believe under those circumstances to see how bizarre and poor and pathetic some of the moderation has been. If a few of us email the editor over the next few days you never know, they might take a look…..to make it easy here are a few emails to use and copy into any petition.
    admin@catholicherald.co.uk, madeleine@catholicherald.co.uk, ed@catholicherald.co.uk, editorial@catholicherald.co.uk, paul@catholicherald.co.uk.

  • Dr. Jon Brownridge

    Thanks for that reference, Dave. I’m afraid I picked it up second hand.

  • An onlooker

    Thank you for this. ‘Shutting up religious ceremonies and mysteries in silence, and within walls by so-called wise men’ so that they can maintain control has always seemed a recipe for disaster to me. Thank God for St Augustine and Pope Francis.

  • Dr. Jon Brownridge

    I don’t know who Timotheus is, but it’s certainly not me.

  • Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

    Never mind Catho-Prot-o et al divisions the fruit of the work of Politicians perhaps. The Church of the Son of God , Jesus the Lord is better with its pure, original unqualified name.

    T.P.SSP

  • Dave

    You are welcome.

  • Benedict Carter

    Another attack, same result.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Real delete-a-matic this thread.

    PS that man’s expressed views are replete with blatant heresy.

  • AlanP

    Just for the record, I have never posted as anyone but AlanP (just Alan until a few months ago). If something apparently from myself damns Vatican II or calls Martini a heretic or infidel, you can be sure it is not from me.

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