Skip to comments.Buddhist peace prize for Swiss theologian
Posted on 02/23/2005 8:50:02 PM PST by Land of the Irish
The renowned Swiss theologian, Hans Küng, is to receive an award by the Japanese Niwano Peace Foundation.
The laureate said he would use the prize, which is worth SFr224,000 ($192,275), for his Global Ethic Foundation.
The award ceremony is to take place in Tokyo on May 11.
The panel said the understanding and insight of the Catholic theologian were indispensable for peace in the world, notably in the Middle East, Iraq and Sri Lanka.
"Together with his contributions to interfaith dialogue and cooperation, Dr Küngs advocacy of a global ethic as a way of realising peace has won him recognition around the world," the Niwano Foundation said on Tuesday.
The Niwano Peace Prize is awarded on the basis of recommendations from more than 1,000 leading figures across the world.
Global Ethic Foundation
The 76-year-old Swiss theologian said he would use most of the prize money to support his Global Ethic Foundation, which aims to help teach children basic ethical rules and understanding of values.
Last year Küng received the Interfaith Education Award at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Barcelona.
Küng, an ordained priest, was professor of theology at Tübingen University, Germany.
He became the first major Catholic theologian to reject papal infallibility and repeatedly called for Pope John Paul II to step down for health reasons.
Küngs right to teach at Catholic universities was revoked by the Vatican in 1979.
The Niwano Peace Foundation was set up in 1978 by Nikkyo Niwano, who founded the Buddhist Rissho Kosei-kai organisation.
Previous prize winners include the late Brazilian archbishop Dom Helder Camara, the Neve Shalom peace village, jointly established by Jews and Palestinian Arabs in Israel, and the World Muslim Congress.
Küng's right to teach at Catholic universities was revoked by the Vatican in 1979.
Yeah........that says a lot. This wacko should be excommunicated if he has not already been so.
hey, Im for having excommunications really being made in this day in age. It is dangerous for people who have been warned and not repent to recieve the Blessed Sacrement.
"He became the first major Catholic theologian to reject papal infallibility..."
A "Catholic" theologian would not reject dogma. Correct report should read: "He is just another heretic in a long list of former Catholics who rejected the teachings of the Catholic church." I can't believe this man is STILL being called Catholic!
Instead of throwing up meaningless innuendo, why not do some actual research and find out? You would acutally have some credibility if you did that. As is, your post is just mindless yapping.
I can think of a few candidates.
As do I (Lets start with Ted Kennedy. The size of his head disgusts me).
The size of his belly is even more disgusting ... but it's the size of his support for prenatal homicide that outrages me.
Well, let's see, he rejects papal infallibility, was officially prohibited from teaching at Catholic universities (however he continues to teach anyway without any dire consequences!) and so on and so forth.
But who are the bad guys? Archbishop Lefebvre? Fr. Feeney? Independent priests? What a joke!!
If it isn't clear to anyone watching with both eyes open, there is a real big problem with authority and penalties in the Vatican; a VERY BIG PROBLEM.
This was a real treat for me. Thanks, LotI!
I have a few friends who will be delighted to hear this news. (NOT! they'll probably kill me.)
Se ya in the next life (I hope!)
But what does his heresy matter? After all, he has a "Global Ethic Foundation."
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