Skip to comments.Catholic Rebel Kueng, 85, Considers Assisted Suicide
Posted on 10/03/2013 7:55:26 PM PDT by marshmallow
(Reuters) - Hans Kueng, Roman Catholicism's best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent - assisted suicide.
Kueng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson's disease, writes in final volume of his memoirs that people have a right to "surrender" their lives to God voluntarily if illness, pain or dementia make further living unbearable.
The Catholic Church rejects assisted suicide, which is allowed in Kueng's native Switzerland as well as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and four states in the United States.
"I do not want to live on as a shadow of myself," the Swiss-born priest explained in the book published this week. "I also don't want to be sent off to a nursing home ... If I have to decide myself, please abide by my wish."
Kueng has championed reform of the Catholic Church since its 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, where he was a young adviser arguing for a decentralized church, married priests and artificial birth control. The Council did not adopt these ideas.
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I don't want....I decide....my wish....
Me, me me......it's all about me. It always has been. A fitting faithless final act. Quite a contrast to the saints' surrender to God's will.
Yowza, marshmallow, you tell ‘em!
Btw, have you seen some of those videos on youtube showing people dying at the Dignitas house in Switzerland?
Incredibly sad and heartbreaking!
Not what I would choose, but I can only speak for myself.
Fifty years too late to be of any benefit to the Church.
You're right. Obviously one of the apostate Self and Self Alone heretics no matter who pretends he's still Catholic. At least if he commits suicide it'll spare the Catholic Church the final insult of some apostate Bishop allowing him to be buried in a Catholic cemetery as a Catholic.
I will pray for Hans.
Such a waste.
What jodyel said.
Kueng forgot, I guess, that GOD decides when we live and when we die. Suicide? He was no Catholic. Suicide is anathema to Catholics.
How sad. It seems he didn’t value life for others, very much, and he also doesn’t value his own life. Cold thoughts.
Me, me me......it's all about me.Yep! That's just what I was thinking.
I watched one of those tapes regarding Disnitas, jodyel, and I’ll never do that again. Way disturbing.
Incredibly so, and heartbreaking.
Like it is no big deal one is getting ready to die. Just awful.
“...where he was a young adviser arguing for a decentralized church, married priests and artificial birth control.”
I wonder if he ever posted on FR.
‘Cause everyone knows contraceptives are the cornerstone of a successful society.
If they believe that or not, seems to me I’ve seen it posted on FR pretty often.
I have a similar impression.
Those are some of the very few areas where some conservative non-Catholic Christians and all liberal Catholics will agree.
The funny thing about birth control within marriage is that those non-Catholic Christians who don’t accept it are invariably very conservative. On the other hand, try to find a liberal Catholic or other type of liberal Christian who accepts things like female clergy/pastors, abortion and ‘gay marriage’ but who also thinks birth control within marriage is bad. I’ve never stumbled across it, anyhow.
I think it’s because the ontological nature of marriage as an image of the love between Christ and the Church - permanent, faithful, and life-giving - is so critical that if you get that wrong, it’s easy to get a whole lot more wrong.