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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.”
(CNN)Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.
He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations.
"A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws ... as if they were stones to throw at people's lives," Francis writes in a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters.
He urges more common sense and less unthinking following of rules.
Pope Francis’ open and friendly communication style has stirred interest globally, especially among communication-study specialists. Much attention has been focused on his personal style in communications, but he is also developing and implementing a new style of communications within the church itself. When the pope urged candid discussions at the recent assemblies of the Synod of Bishops on the family, it was interesting to see how this worked and where it proved challenging among church leaders.
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).