Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said Catholic Church was 200 Years Out of Date

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Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said Catholic Church was 200 Years Out of Date

The Catholic Church was 200 years out of date, said former arch bishop of Milan and once papal hopeful Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in an interview released on Saturday.

Dying at the age of 85 on Friday, Martini previously had discussed how the church’s failings were due to its proud and increasing bureaucratic nature.

According to Reuters, Martini believed that the use of contraceptives should be acceptable in certain cases in order to prevent losing any more followers.

"A woman is abandoned by her husband and finds a new companion to look after her and her children,” said Martini during the interview.  “A second love succeeds. If this family is discriminated against, not just the mother will be cut off but also her children."

Martini believed that the Church should be more upfront about the accusations raised against it. "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," he said.

Once believed to be in the running for pope, in 2002 Martini retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, effectively ruining his chances for the position.

A liberal figure in the Vatican, the report says that thousands of people flocked to his coffin on Saturday in Milan.

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