Hans Küng

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My absence from this column happened to coincide with the passing of the theologian Hans Kung who died in early April at the age of 93. Many column inches were written on his extraordinary life for he was indeed an extraordinary man.

Critical of the Church he loved, he remained loyal through many tribulations, a priest in good standing in spite of his harsh treatment by those in authority. He just continued to ask questions that promoted thought and reflection. In consequence his licence to teach theology at a Catholic University was withdrawn by John Paul II in 1979. It would have been an act of generosity had that been restored in recent years in recognition of his significant contribution to the theology of our time. Some 17 years earlier John XXIII had named him a peritus, an expert advisor at the start of the Vatican Council. That visionary Bishop of Rome recognized in Kung those qualities that undoubtedly foreshadowed the prophetic nature of the man that we came to know through his teaching and extensive written publications in subsequent years.

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In 2006 Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor intimated that it was time to begin the process of producing a new Lectionary. The well-known deficiencies of the Jerusalem Bible were recognised and needed to be replaced. To many it seemed inevitable that the New Jerusalem Bible (1985) would supply the texts for a new Lectionary.  However, the failure of that translation to win the approval of biblical scholars or the support of eminent liturgists forced its abandonment, and a third effort from the JB stable, the Revised New Jerusalem Bible made its appearance, in the sure and certain conviction that the bishops of England and Wales (and Scotland) would choose it for a new Lectionary.  To everyone’s surprise (but not mine) the prize was awarded to the English Standard Version (published 2001). With appropriate permission, the bishops of India negotiated the publication of the English Standard Version Catholic Edition (ESV/CE) in 2017 and it is this translation that will appear in our new Lectionary.  However, the episcopal choice has led to much controversy.

A comment on this report from a member:

You have obviously spent a lot of time writing this and its been done very professionally so congratulations for that. The report does not present a happy picture of the present situation and many challenging points were highlighted however if there were 2 points that shout out loud to me from this report its the damaging issue of clericalism and being a more outward looking church reaching out in service to a presently "disengaged" community. 

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Hans Küng

Catholic priest and theologian Hans Küng, the renowned scholar and prolific writer who had lived with Parkinson's disease, macular degeneration and arthritis since 2013, died April 6 at his home in Tubingen, Germany. He was 93.

Few men throughout Christendom have had as much to say or had their work seen by as many Christians — and others — as Küng, the celebrated and controversial Swiss theologian and Catholic priest.  Read More...