Kueng urges bishops to defy pope and opt for reform
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor – Reuters, India
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Swiss theologian Hans Kueng has urged Roman Catholic bishops to defy Pope Benedict and push through reforms from below to restore the credibility of their church shaken by child sexual abuse scandals.
The veteran liberal critic of the Vatican wrote in an open letter to bishops around the world on Thursday that Benedict's five years as head of the world's largest church had been "a papacy of missed opportunities and chances not taken."
Kueng, who worked with the future pope in the 1960s, has long been out of favour in Rome but has stayed a priest championing the reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council.
He said an open letter was his only way to reach bishops, the Church's key leaders at the local level, in what he called the Church's "worst crisis of confidence since the Reformation."
The scandal of "thousands of youths abused by priests in the United States, Ireland, Germany and other countries" is having "disastrous consequences" for the Church, he said. Read more - By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor – Reuters, India
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