UPDATE: Catholicity and Covenant makes a nice point here re generosity in the Milanese tradition.
ORIGINAL POST: There is nothing like an interview published posthumously to rattle the cages of an organisation which inhibits its own leaders from speaking their minds. So we have the very recently deceased Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini giving an interview from the bier, as reported by the BBBBBBBBBBC (see also a note in The Tablet). These words are worth reflecting on,
"Unless the Church adopted a more generous attitude towards divorced persons, it will lose the allegiance of future generations, the cardinal added. The question, he said, is not whether divorced couples can receive holy communion, but how the Church can help complex family situations.
And the advice he leaves behind to conquer the tiredness of the Church was a "radical transformation, beginning with the Pope and his bishops"."
Believe it or not, despite anything you read here, ADU concurs with the need for the church(es) to adopt a 'more generous attitude' towards those whose lives do not neatly fit within the customary way of life of Christians. Indeed, we must ask ourselves 'how the Church can help complex family situations'. Though quite why the most progressive cardinal of recent times etc could not simply say that divorced persons receiving communion is a question needing an urgent answer, I do not know.
That more generous attitude needs to be worked out in such a way that we affirm the teaching of the church while working out how we can help, effectively, complex family situations.
Such an approach is, of course, not novel to the late Cardinal, but simply the way of Jesus.
Incidentally we need to follow that way, whether or not we gain the allegiance of future generations.