Petition to reinstate Rev Professor Hans Küng as an official Catholic theologian

Nessan, from Ireland, Ed, from The Netherlands, and CCRI invite you to join them in sending the letter below to Pope Francis. Please use the form below the letter to sign it.

From Professor Leonard Swidler


I urge all of you to sign AND forward this petition to all of your networks, urging them to likewise sign and share widely.

Actually, over a year ago I had an email conversation with Hans’ and my former colleague Cardinal Kasper (not Joseph Ratzinger—I don’t have his email address), urging him to use his influence with Pope Francis to name Hans a Cardinal (as happened to John Henry Newman while he was still alive by Pope Leo XIII).


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Dear Pope Francis,

Catholic Church Reform International’s mission is to activate and strengthen the voice of the People of God in order to reform injustices and inequalities in Church teaching and practice, which inhibits relationship with God.

In keeping with Canon Law 212 §2 and §3, and your expressed wish, all baptized Christians have the right to speak openly about their concerns for our Church. We regard Fr Hans Küng, a renowned and respected theologian, to be preeminently competent in this regard.

Fr Küng is 88 years old and over his lifetime has made an extensive contribution to interpreting the significance and uniqueness of Christ. In doing so over many decades he has demonstrated a deep love for the Church and for the truth. He remains a Ministerial Priest in good standing. However, his license to teach as a Catholic theologian was withdrawn many years ago.

We ask that we do not wait until years after his death to reinstate him, as was the case with Galileo, Teilhard de Chardin, and other distinguished Fathers of the past.

Pope Francis, we earnestly and respectfully urge you to reinstate him now.


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