Skip to comments.“This is what we want the next Pope to be like” (theologians paint portrait of successor)
Posted on 02/17/2013 1:53:02 PM PST by NYer
Church reform plan. How should the next Pope be? Theologians have outlined what Benedict XVIs successor should be like, in a document which has so far been signed by two thousand theologians across the world. Its first signatories were prestigious theologians such as Paul Knitter, Mgr. Calsaldáliga, Hans Küng, Leonardo Boff, Peter Phan and Paul Collins.
The next Pope is being asked to combat the current stagnation and counter resistance from sections of the Church hierarchy that are hindering the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. The papacys role needs to be clearly redefined in line with Christs intentions. As supreme pastor, unifying figure and the main witness of the faith, the Popes contribution to the good of the universal Church is key, theologians write. But his authority should never obscure, diminish or suppress the authentic authority Christ gave directly to all the people of God.
Furthermore, bishops are vicars of Christ, not the Popes vicars. They have direct responsibility for the people and the dioceses and a shared responsibility along with other bishops and the Pope for the universal community of the Catholic faith. The bishops central synod, the documents reads, should play a more decisive role in planning and guiding the conservation and growth of faith in our complex world.
The Second Vatican Council called for collegiality and a joint sense of responsibility on all levels. This was not implemented. The various presbyteral and pastoral councils set up during the Council should involve faithful more directly in terms of decisions regarding the formulation of doctrine, the exercise of the pastoral ministry and evangelisation in the context of our century-old society.
The practice of filling leadership positions in the Church solely with candidates that have a specific mindset, needs to stop. New regulations should be formulated and monitored to ensure that individuals are elected to these posts in a fair, transparent and - as far as possible - democratic manner.
The Roman Curia is in need of a more radical reform in line with the instructions and the vision set out by the Second Vatican Council. The Curias role should be limited to useful administrative and executive tasks. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should be assisted by international commissions of experts chosen independently, on the basis of their professional competency. The Church should exercise authority in accordance with the standards of openness, responsibility and democracy achieved in modern society. Leadership should be fair and credible, inspired by humility and service, with transparent concern for the people, rather than for rules and discipline. It should be a reflection of Christ who gives us freedom and it should listen to the Spirit of Christ which speaks and acts through each and every one of us.
This is not an exhaustive list of the changes that need to be made. We are aware of the fact that the implementation of these structural changes need to be outlined in detail, taking into account the possibilities and limitations of current and future circumstances. WE wish to underline, however, that the reforms summarised in this document are urgent and steps should be taken immediately to implement them.
At the end of the document, Hans Kung stresses that the nationality of the next Pope is irrelevant. What matters is that he does not end up becoming a slave to Rome and the Curia. Ratzinger was not from Rome but ended up becoming more Roman that the Romans themselves and the Curia. If a foreign Pope becomes integrated into the Curia system, his origin is of no use.
The Vatican condemned Hans Kung and Küng, has lost his mandate to teach as a Catholic theologian. Was Theologian Hans Küng Ever Excommunicated?
Somebody asked Professor Kung if he wanted to be pope.
"Oh, no, no" he replied.
"Because then I would no longer be infallible."
...Hans Kung stresses...
We want what God stresses. Kung would give us the opposite...
And we hear from the other side. I don’t pretend to understand all the things spoken of in the article, but gleaned enough to realize that this faction is opposed to what JPII and Benedict XVI represented.
The good news is that they are outnumbered.
It’s so touching when non-Catholics think they have a right to run the Catholic Church.
The other three have also been censured in one way or another.
This is nothing but pure agit-prop. It’s a waste of bandwidth.
“The various presbyteral and pastoral councils set up during the Council should involve faithful more directly in terms of decisions regarding the formulation of doctrine...”
In what regard? Does Kung deny the Petrine primacy?
Was this the LEFTIST/LIBERAL screed? LOL!
A pretty good rule in all matters is to do the opposite of what Hans Kung wants.
I am against this.
I’m not Catholic, but find it fairly amusing that individuals who otherwise mock or denigrate the church suddenly seem to feel that their opinion should be considered - or wanted.
Yes, well said.
I am Catholic and that's exactly what I feel only with more passion. I want to say they have a h*ll of a nerve.
Boff is at least as much of a mischief maker as Kung, especially in Latin America, where he was a major charter member of the Liberation Theology movement.
"Write your own religion. There is no objective Truth: each individual can decide what is 'true' for himself in accordance with his own will."
Or, as Satan put it, "You will not die ... you will be as God, knowing good and evil."
Katharine Jefferts Schori
The Bishops are bound to teach and pass on the faith of the Church, UNCHANGED. It is not up to the Bishops to change teachings based on what the people might want at any point in time.
Of course with theologians such as Hans Kung, and Leonardo Boff, what can you expect? They decided a long time ago that they didn't want to teach the Faith, unchanged, and they have had their facilities to teach removed.
That such a letter can exist suggests what dangers face us. Kueng is a madman, a heretic, but he speaks for a sizeable portion of the Church .
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