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Pope to meet Hans Kung

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by Matt Black, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Matt Black

    Matt Black Active Member
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    Feb 25, 2003
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    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."