Academic journal article Theological Studies

Night Conversations with Cardinal Martini: The Relevance of the Church for Tomorrow

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Night Conversations with Cardinal Martini: The Relevance of the Church for Tomorrow

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Night Conversations with Cardinal Martini: The Relevance of the Church for Tomorrow. By Carlo M. Martini and Georg Sporschill. New York: Paulist, 2012. Pp. viii + 126. $15.95.

This little book is important for several reasons. The first is that, in the Catholic Church of the post-Vatican II period, Martini (1927-2012) showed that one could uncompromisingly be a Vatican II bishop: a person who believed in the centrality of the Word of God in theological reflection; who pastorally approached contemporary issues touching Catholicism in a global and pluralistic world; and who, at the risk of becoming a persona non grata in the Roman Curia, engaged courageously with the Church as an institution and as an organization. In holding these positions, M. was probably the most representative bishop of a Vatican II church in Europe, similar to Charles Borromeo (one of M.'s predecessors as archbishop of Milan) relative to the Council of Trent. The second reason is that for some people M. …

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