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Friday, May 25, 2007

Cardinal Martini & J von Nazareth

There was an interesting post at Jim West's blog about a review of the Pope's book, Jesus of Nazareth, by Cardinal Martini. He cites the source of the review, but sadly I can't read it as I have no Italian. Below is a little of what Jim posted.

... He [Martini.] writes that the Pope is a theologian and not a New Testament scholar, and that besides he hasn’t done any research in this field. Moreover, it looks as if Ratzinger stopped his NT studies about 40 years ago. Martini says that John of Zebedee cannot have written the fourth gospel - as the Pope states - and that Razinger’s Jesus is not the only one. Martini adds that the Pope has written his book guided by Fides et Ratio , thereby rejecting any historical critical methodology to analyze the NT texts ...

This other article from Catholic World News, however, has the Cardinal giving a good review of the Pope's book - Cardinal Martini lauds Pope's "very beautiful book".

The reason I was intrigued enough to write about this is that I think Cardinal Martini is a very interesting guy ...

Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, SJ, ThD, SSD (born February 15, 1927) is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983 ..... He entered the Society of Jesus on September 25, 1944 ..... In 1962, he was given the Chair of Textual Criticism at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, a specialist Institute of the Gregorian and became its rector in 1969. In 1978, under Pope Paul VI he was elected the Pontifical Gregorian University's rector magnificus ..... Cardinal Martini also became active in the scientific field by publishing various books and articles ..... the Cardinal received the distinuguished honour of being the only Catholic member of the ecumenical committee that prepared the new Greek edition of the New Testament .....

Often considered to be one of the more liberal members of the College of Cardinals ..... n April 2006, in response to a very specific question from the bioethicist Ignazio Marino, director of the transplant center of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Martini admitted that in certain cases, the usage of condoms might be allowable stating, "The use of condoms can, in certain situations, be a lesser evi.l" ....... The Cardinal's position on the start of a distinct human life during the fetilization of oocytes was rebuked by certain Vatican officials ..... Cardinal Martini, speaking about the right to die debate said that "terminally ill patients should be given the right to refuse treatments and that the doctors who assist them should be protected by law" ..... He has also called for greater collegiality in the governance of the Church and for the possibility of female deacons to be examined .... he has also called for the church to take a greater role in combatting social injustice, often calling for greater action to be taking in assisting the immigrants, minorities and the combatting of racism. Martini wishes for the church to rekindle the "burning fire in the heart".
- Wikipedia

For those who'd like to read more about him, there's a 1999 interview with him at The Tablet, as well as a 2006 story - Clarion call on condoms - about him also at the Tablet, and the BBC wrote of him too in 2005.


7 Comments:

Anonymous solanus said...

Interesting how? because he's a heretic?

"Often considered to be one of the more liberal members of the College of Cardinals..."

'nuff said there.

10:09 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

That "heretic" was almost elected Pope instead of Benedict, and even though not, he's a brilliant and ethically thoughtful Cardinal and Jesuit, worthy of respect.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous solanus said...

"That "heretic" was almost elected Pope instead of Benedict"

The liberal rags made up this story that pitted him against Benedict, probably through wishful thinking. Its likely he wasn't even considered. The guy is an embarrassment to the Church.

12:19 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I have the feeling we've once again reached that 'agreeing to disagree' point in our conversation :-)

2:11 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Cardinal Martini is a first-rate biblical scholar. In addition, the Pope considers him a close personal friend and respects him highly.

11:22 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff - I see you survived the roller coaster :-)

1:08 AM  
Anonymous solanus said...

Being a first-rate biblical scholar makes his heretical beliefs all the more scandalous. He will be held to a higher accountability, pray for him.

3:18 PM  

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