Friday, April 16, 2010

Easter HOPE, New LIFE for the Future of the Roman Catholic Church - Enkindled by HANS KÜNG

Rev. Fr. Hans Küng states, “Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and I were the youngest theologians at the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Now we are the oldest and the only ones still fully active. I have always understood my theological work as a service to the Roman Catholic Church.”

An excerpt from:

Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation, theologian tells bishops 
by HANS KÜNG – The Irish Times

6. Call for a council: Just as the achievement of liturgical reform, religious freedom, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue required an ecumenical council, so now a council is needed to solve the dramatically escalating problems calling for reform. In the century before the Reformation, the Council of Constance decreed that councils should be held every five years. Yet the Roman Curia successfully managed to circumvent this ruling. There is no question that the Curia, fearing a limitation of its power, would do everything in its power to prevent a council coming together in the present situation. Thus it is up to you to push through the calling of a council or at least a representative assembly of bishops. Photo

With the church in deep crisis, this is my appeal to you, venerable bishops: Put to use the episcopal authority that was reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council. In this urgent situation, the eyes of the world turn to you. Innumerable people have lost their trust in the Catholic Church. Only by openly and honestly reckoning with these problems and resolutely carrying out needed reforms can their trust be regained. With all due respect, I beg you to do your part – together with your fellow bishops as far as possible, but also alone if necessary – in apostolic “fearlessness” (Acts 4:29, 31). Give your faithful signs of hope and encouragement and give our church a perspective for the future. Read complete article - by HANS KÜNG – The Irish Times

In deepest gratitude, on behalf of millions of Catholics, our Christian sisters and brothers, and non–Christians, and all our friends, to Rev. Fr. HANS KÜNG in his fervent effort to enkindle Trust and the Spirit of Vatican II bringing us back together in true appreciations for our differences and love for every human being, most especially for children. This is our Easter and the HOPE that Pentecost will be our AWAKENING!!! 

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