A Roman Catholic cardinal, in an interview that was released only after his death, has harshly criticized his church and said that it is “200 years out of date” in its attitudes and needs a “transformation”.
“Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous,” the Cardinal said. “The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the Pope and the bishops. The paedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation.”
Considering that he was a cardinal and one-time serious candidate for the papacy, this is just one more sign of the deep problems within the church. The fact that despite his high rank, he felt he could say these things only after he died shows that the Vatican still has the clout to instill fear in its ranks to achieve conformity.
But it is hard to imagine that the archbishop’s concerns about the future of such a rigid and corrupt organization are not the topic of many worried, if secret, discussions within the Catholic church.