Skip to comments.Catholic Theologian Preaches Revolution to End Church's 'Authoritarian' Rule [Kung]
Posted on 10/06/2012 4:51:11 PM PDT by marshmallow
Hans Küng urges confrontation from the grassroots to unseat pope and force radical reform at Vatican
One of the world's most prominent Catholic theologians has called for a revolution from below to unseat the pope and force radical reform at the Vatican.
Hans Küng is appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront the Catholic hierarchy, which he says is corrupt, lacking credibility and apathetic to the real concerns of the church's members.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Küng, who had close contact with the pope when the two worked together as young theologians, described the church as an "authoritarian system" with parallels to Germany's Nazi dictatorship.
"The unconditional obedience demanded of bishops who swear their allegiance to the pope when they make their holy oath is almost as extreme as that of the German generals who were forced to swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler," he said.
The Vatican made a point of crushing any form of clerical dissent, he added. "The rules for choosing bishops are so rigid that as soon as candidates emerge who, say, stand up for the pill, or for the ordination of women, they are struck off the list." The result was a church of "yes men", almost all of whom unquestioningly toed the line.
"The only way for reform is from the bottom up," said Küng, 84, who is a priest. "The priests and others in positions of responsibility need to stop being so subservient, to organise themselves and say that there are certain things that they simply will not put up with anymore."
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Translation: It's a while since we've heard from Kung so we decided to stir the pot by asking him the usual provocative questions.
It's all very well to point out the error of his ways but it appears no one can summon the courage to give him the old heave ho.
Oh, well, then, that certainly clinches it!
He is a theologian, but officially he is not a Catholic theologian. His authority to describe himself as such has long been revoked.
He is not in place. His licentiate is gone, confiscated. But he is a free citizen of Germany and can say whatever he wants and pretend to have whatever authority he wants to claim.
Only in his mind.
Gee, are there not enough Protestant (protester...of the Catholic Church) churches in the world including not denominational ones?!? Found one of your own or find one that fits your beliefs....just stupid.
Correction: Hans Kung is NOT a Catholic theologian. He calls himself “catholic,” and he used to be a “priest.” He has deliberately cut himself off from any legitimate attachment to the Roman Catholic Church. He is a liar and a charlatan, but he is NOT a Catholic theologian. Time for the woodshed for the writer of this article.
Ha—Kung won the admiration of all the Satanists who frequent the orgies and sacrificial rites of Baal at the Bohemian Grove. How sick that a person like Kung is still considered “Catholic” when his mind is so contaminated by the occult and base urges.
God Bless Pope Benedict XVI. I’ve been reading his works....he is a brilliant, clear thinker.
This is what occurs when rebellious priests are not defrocked and excommunicated where needed.
Yes, I read a lot of Karl Ratzinger’s books before he became Pope. I found them brilliant, insightful, and always orthodox.
I was especially impressed by “The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood.”
The article is actually hilarious. He calls the Pope pompous, yet he has a larger-than-life statue of himself outside his mansion.
It is painfully obvious that he is jealous of the Pope's success. It's just not fair! He is smarter, more sophisticated, more stylish, has more fashionable friends, more exquisite taste, it's a travesty!
Also, he cannot believe that the Pope won't hang out with him anymore, just because he called him a Nazi and encouraged his clergy to pick fights with him. How petty!
Kung's egomania pours out of him like a mighty river, no matter how much his journalistic cheerleaders try to promote him.
Dear Herr Kueng,
Everything you want may be found in the dying mainstream Protestant churches. Please join one of them and leave our Church alone!
“Kung won the admiration of all the Satanists who frequent the orgies and sacrificial rites of Baal at the Bohemian Grove.”
The place with the giant owl statue?
“...this sacred congregation by reason of its duty is constrained to declare that Professor Hans Küng, in his writings, has departed from the integral truth of Catholic faith, and therefore he can no longer be considered a Catholic theologian nor function as such in a teaching role.”
Here’s the link from the 1979 document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
Last year Kung said he and Benedict were on good terms so it appears Kung hasn't suffered too much since his retirement.