STORY HERE I'm absolutely stunned by this meeting . I still don't think that Kung will be able teach Catholic theology again (he shouldn't in my view), but it goes to show that this is a Pope of surprises. For those who don't know the background and who can't be bothered to trawl through the rather long link, once upon a time, there was a Catholic theologian named Hans Kung. A man of impeccable credentials, member of the staff of Vatican II, and highly regarded. Then he wrote against papal infallibility. Big, bad Cardinal Ratzinger disciplined Hans Kung by denying him a license as a Catholic theologian. Now, kind, gentle Pope Benedict the XVI is talking to Hans Kung. This may or may not mean something very interesting. Hope that's helpful. Looks to me like a self-defining gesture on Benedict's part. It's saying "When I was Cardinal Rottweiler, I was acting for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. As universal pastor I am everybody's father and friend."