Pope Meets With Dissident TheologianCommentary. Wow! I would've loved to be the proverbial "fly on the wall" on this one. What a fascinating conversation this must've been!
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI met with one of his fiercest critics, the dissident Swiss theologian Hans Kung, and the two had a "friendly" theological discussion, the Vatican said Monday.
The meeting occurred Saturday, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement.
"The two agreed that there was no sense in entering, within the confines of the meeting, in a dispute surrounding the persistent doctrinal questions between Hans Kung and the magisterium of the Catholic Church," the statement said.
The two did, however, discuss other theological issues, including the question of global ethics and the dialogue between scientific reason and Christian faith, Navarro-Valls said.
Kung was stripped of the right to teach theology at the University of Tuebingen in Germany in 1979 after challenging Roman Catholic doctrines such as papal infallibility.
Wouldn't have been cool if Küng had reconciled with the Church? Yet, judging by all the things I've read about him and by him, I think Küng is too proud to renounce his own infallibility vis-a-vis that of the Pope.
It is interesting to see the Holy Father's pattern of dialogue with schismatics and dissidents. First, he talked to the SSPX's Bishop Felay who's still intent in having Rome reconciled to him and not so much the other way, and now this meeting with Küng. Too bad both have turned Pope Benedict down. Yet, no one can say that he didn't outstretched his hand to them!