Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

'Burning issues' mulled at Vatican general congregations


Vatican City, March 4 - The Church "has no colour",
the next pope could even be "African or Asian - there are no
prejudices", and "reform and an update" is needed for the Roman
Curia, like "every other institution formed by men," Portuguese
Cardinal Jose' Saraiva Martins told ANSA in an interview.
"It will be up to the new pope to decide" on reforms, added
Saraiva Martins, 80-year-old theologian and prefect emeritus of
the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Saraiva Martins was rumored to be a pope-worthy alternative
at the last conclave in 2005, in case a definitive agreement
could not be reached for then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who
went on to become Pope Benedict XVI.
Saraiva Martins is attending the Vatican's general
congregations, which began Monday in the Paolo VI Hall.
Saraiva Martins explained the purpose of the general
congregations is to select a papal candidate in light of major
challenges facing the Church.
"At the general congregations, which preside over the
conclave, all the cardinals participate. The goal is to deeply
examine and identify the most burning issues of the Church and
of contemporary society in order to make them seen by all the
members of the college of cardinals, even those who come from
far away".
"They are fundamental meetings for choosing the person who
- according to the cardinals - is the most ideal one to confront
these challenges," Saraiva Martins explained.
"When this week is over - but I don't know exactly how long
it will last - the real conclave for the voting will begin,"
Saraiva Martins explained.
"The days of the congregations are certainly very intense,
where - as people know - the candidate for succession is
identified, where reactions are felt out, where impressions are
freely exchanged by everyone," the cardinal continued.
Asked what the main issues are that need to be faced,
Saraiva Martins responded, "Those which John Paul II and
Benedict XVI already confronted - there is always continuity.
The number-one problem is the family, then youths, the problem
of freedom, the problem of justice. So many of our brothers are
targets of injustice".
On whether the next pope will, like Benedict XVI, also push
for greater transparency, the cardinal responded, "Certainly. It
is clear that there is no turning back on this line, but it is
the task of the next pope".

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