Cardinal says Church is ‘200 years behind’ the Times.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Well, so much for stating the obvious. Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, had some very special last words. Before his death, which took place only a few days after laying the smack down on the Catholic Church, Cardinal Maria Martini had some scorching remarks to make. So rapidly is Christianity dying, that he describes the ‘prayer rooms’ as empty:
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has published his last interview, recorded in August, in which he said: “The Church is tired… our prayer rooms are empty.”
He repeats his point that the Church is no longer what it used to be. Do you enjoy watching those pictures of the old European Churches, large, majestic, powerful? Those Churches of wonder and beauty? So do I, but as it turns out, those things are empty and have been so for quite some time. No one is willing to attend services in them:
Catholics lacked confidence in the Church, he said in the interview. “Our culture has grown old, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our religious rites and the vestments we wear are pompous.”
If the Cardinal were still alive, I’d let him know, that as a Muslim who spent several years in a Catholic institution, I can agree with his sentiments, better yet, as a Muslim, I’ve always lacked confidence in the Catholic Church. Violent, oppressive and pseudo religious, it is no longer relevant to the modern world. What’s worse is that the only mention of the Church these days is to highlight the rampant sexual abuse problems it is facing, something the Cardinal also touched upon:
“The child sex scandals oblige us to undertake a journey of transformation,” Cardinal Martini says, referring to the child sex abuse that has rocked the Catholic Church in the past few years.
You can read the entire article here. As Muslims, we’ve always recognized the self destructive nature of the Catholic Church, it offers no sense of religious guidance, its laws are founded on irrational bases and its practitioners usually apostate or just convert to other faiths. I attended a Catholic school for several years, the prayer leader of the school, a former Headboy and preacher, is now atheist/ agnostic. The Catholics at the school itself forced themselves to attend ‘mass’ and the rest of the so called ‘Christians’ in the school, opposed the archaic Church. It definitely seems that the writing is on the wall for this religion.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and God knows best.