Cardinal Martini (on the left) wearing some of the vestments he apparently thought so awful and pompous, according to his last interview.
For many years during the reign of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Martini was tipped as "Papabile". Now that he has died, it seems that the Holy Spirit had good reason for making sure that never came about.
See the BBC report on his last interview here, carried, interestingly, as the headline story on its BBC World page - presumably on the basis that any criticism of the Church deserves as much publicity as the BBC can give it - especially when the headline is "Roman Catholic Church is 200 years behind the times". It''s carried on the ticker tape on BBC World headlines as well.
Instead the Holy Spirit kept Blessed Pope John Paul on the Throne of St Peter for long enough for Cardinal Martini to be passed over by the time of the last conclave (his health was already poor by then) and for Joseph Ratzinger's time to have come.
Here is a little something that Blessed Pope John Paul said about being thought of as "behind the times".
I am convinced that a priest should have no fear of being "behind the times" because the human "today" of every priest is included in the "today" of Christ the Redeemer.
Pope John Paul in his book "Gift and Mystery"