POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Catholic theologian Hans Kueng … pope has failed to meet challenge … bishops should call for synod to discuss reforms

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 17, 2010

Hans Kueng

AP reports …

  • Swiss theologian Hans Kueng, an 82-year-old former colleague and friend of Pope Benedict, urged bishops to push for reforms in the church.
  • Kueng said the church was now in its deepest crisis since the Protestant Reformation after the recent revelations of sexual abuse had caused an erosion of trust.
  • In an editorial published Thursday in daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other publications, Kueng said bishops should call for a new synod to discuss reforms.
  • He also accused the pope of not living up ”to the great challenges of our time,” saying on the fifth anniversary of Benedict’s election to the papacy that his traditionalist approach had failed.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/15/world/AP-EU-Church-Abuse-Germany.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Hans%20Kueng&st=cse

who is Hans Kueng?

Reverend Father Hans Küng (born March 19, 1928, in SurseeCanton of Lucerne), is a Swiss Catholic priest, controversial theologian, and prolific author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Stiftung Weltethos). Küng is “a Catholic priest in good standing”,[1] but the Vatican has rescinded his authority to teach Catholic theology. Though he had to leave the Catholic faculty, he remained at the University of Tübingen as a professor ofEcumenical Theology, serving as Emeritus Professor since 1996. In spite of not being allowed to teach Catholic theology, neither his bishop nor the Holy See has revoked his priestly faculties … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Küng

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