Cardinal Martini wants more collegiality
In a long and provocative interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan has called for 'more concrete forms of collegiality' within the Church.
Catholic World News reports that the archbishop stopped just short of calling for a Third Vatican Council.
Responding to the Pope's apostolic letter Novo Millenio Ineunte, Cardinal Martini stressed John Paul's call for greater 'communion' within the Church. This, the cardinal said, would require a greater sharing of power among the bishops of the Church.
In October 1999, during the Synod of Bishops for Europe, Cardinal Martini had spoken of 'a more universal instrument' to express collegiality within the Church. Many observers had seen his remarks as a call for a Third Vatican Council. While he said there had been some 'confusion' about those remarks, the cardinal told Corriere della Sera, 'I have never excluded the possibility of a new council.'
He went on to say that the 'emerging problems' that face the Church might be reason for a new worldwide council. Because of the practical problems involved in convening an ecumenical council, Cardinal Martini suggested that it might be easier to bring together 'regional convocations' prior to the 'plenary convocation' of the world's bishops. And he said that Orthodox and Protestant representatives should participate in such a council 'in one way or another.'