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Italy    MARTINI SAYS RATZINGER DID NOT MAKE HIS POINT CLEAR
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan has regretted the mix of a 'rather strong' tone and 'dense theology' in the recent declaration 'Dominus Iesus'.
    Speaking at a press conference in Milan, he implied that the difficult presentation of the document had caused the wrong message to be communicated.
    The document has been widely interpreted - simplistically, in Martini's view - as a declaration of the superiority of the Catholic Church.
    But Martini emphasised that there is no question that salvation could be had outside the Church.
    The Tablet reports that Martini described the controversial document as "theologically rather dense, peppered with quotations, and not easy to grasp".
    He did not believe the declaration would block the ecumenical dialogue, "even if there have been some misunderstandings which need to be cleared up".
    He thought the declaration should be read in the "wider and more encouraging framework" of Ut Unum Sint, the papal encyclical letter on ecumenism of 1995.
   
Tablet
   
18 Sep 00



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