Hans Küng


Swiss Theologian, Author, Dissident Catholic Priest

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Humanity today possesses sufficient economic, cultural and spiritual resources to introduce a better global order.

There's no use casting doubt on (scientific) results with some little problems, as the intelligent-design people or the creationists do. What's there is there. A theologian should not cast doubt on a scientific consensus, but see how he can deal with it.

Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families.

To be no more than scholarly reflection on its object from one particular standpoint, which is anyway one legitimate standpoint among others.

I am sure that this will be seen in the Catholic world, and even more than that, as a hopeful sign because it shows that he [Benedict] has more positive intentions than maybe what was seen at the beginning.

Up to now, the worst fears have not been realized. He has found another style.

I like the catholicity in time: our tradition is one of 2,000 years.

We are conscious that religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth.

I remember the Curia said, ?that's up to the American bishops, not up to Rome.?

If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing, and if he could have wife and children, he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy certain sexual impulses with minors.

A human person is infinitely precious and must be unconditionally protected.

If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O'Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.

After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, Nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history.

It considers this Jesus as ultimately decisive, definitive, archetypal for man in these various dimensions of his.

As a matter of fact, you have deficiencies in all religions, but you have truth in all religions.

It is an absolutely unique success of the church community to have introduced such an epoch-making change, in just a few years, without having a serious division.

But I have to add - and this answers your other question - this catholicity in time and in space is only meaningful for me if there is, at the same time, a concentration on the Gospel.

Second, we also got a more authentic liturgy of the people of God, in the vernacular language.

But we must wait and see, for experience shows that the papacy in the Catholic Church today is such a challenge that it can change anyone.

That is the Roman way: to give favors to the favorites.

Does not simply contain God's word: it becomes God's word for anyone who submits trustfully and in faith to its testimony.

That means that every human being - without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin - possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.

Even manifestly senseless suffering and death can have a meaning, can acquire a meaning. a hidden meaning.

The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope is an enormous disappointment for all those who hoped for a reformist and pastoral pope... But we must wait and see, for experience shows that the papacy in the Catholic Church today is such a challenge that it can change anyone: Someone who went into the conclave a progressive cardinal can emerge as a conservative pope... Someone who went into the conclave a conservative cardinal can emerge as a progressive pope.

Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.

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Swiss Theologian, Author, Dissident Catholic Priest