Rehabilitate Prof Hans Küng
We have been delighted to receive messages of support and comment for our initiative to reinstate Prof Hans Küng as a Catholic Theologian. A selection is given below.
Message received from Fr Hans on 28 April 2016
Dear René Reid,
Thank you for your kind mail. Personally I do not strive for an official rehabilitation, but I appreciate your sympathy and loyalty and welcome your initiative. The Pope’s fraternal response to my »Appeal« may encourage you.
With all good wishes,
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I wish this project well having long had a high regard both for Professor Kung and for his writings. However, the questions could have been better worded. As a priest of the Church of England (for 56 years) I signed of course as a Catholic priest – a designation Hans Kung himself would regard as including not only Roman Catholic, Melkite Catholic, and Maronite Catholic priests but also Anglican and Episcopalian, Old Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox – and indeed I think he would not regard the orders of the ministers of “non-conformist” Churches as invalid.
(The Revd Dr) John Bunyan
Please reinstate Hans........a great theologian. One we are most proud of. His thinking is such an asset to us.
Chris Mcdonnell has posted this on the ACP website:
In a posting I made on the ACP site on October 12th 2013-which was in fact a review of Kung’s new book “Can the catholic church survive?” – I concluded with this comment:
“A most significant and charitable action towards Kung would be for Francis to restore Kung’s credentials as a Catholic Teacher who, throughout these difficult years has remained a priest in good standing. The restoration of Teilhard de Chardin only came after his death. It would be a pity if history were to repeat itself.”
I made a similar comment recently in an article in the Catholic Times on the occasion of his birthday.
Further, in an article in the Dominican Journal SPIRITUALITY in December last year, I developed the argument:
“Hans Kung is now in his late 80s and in recent years has not enjoyed good health. What a gesture of generosity it would be, recognising his significant contribution to the Council and the post-Conciliar years, were his teaching credentials to be restored. Throughout these difficult years, he has remained a priest in good standing with the Church and there has never been any suggestion of parting company with the See of Peter.”