(AP) BERLIN (AP) - Dissident theologian Hans Kueng urged bishops on Thursday to push for reforms in the Roman Catholic in defiance of Pope Benedict XVI.
Kueng, an 82-year-old former colleague and friend of the pontiff, said the church was now in its deepest crisis since the Protestant Reformation after recent revelations of sexual abuse by clergy caused an erosion of trust.
In an editorial published Thursday in daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other publications, Kueng said bishops should call for a new synod to discuss reforms.
Kueng accused pope of not living up "to the great challenges of our time," saying on the fifth anniversary of Benedict's election to the papacy that his traditionalist approach had failed.
Bishops should not be "actors without voice or rights," Kueng said, arguing that it was legitimate for them to press Roman authorities for reforms if the pope blocked their efforts.
The Catholic Church in Pope Benedict's German homeland has been rocked by a widening abuse scandal in the past three months with hundreds of self described victims of heavy physical or sexual abuse coming forward. Read more - The Associated Press – CBS News
In deep appreciation to Fr. Hans Kung, The Associated Press and CBS News for being a voice of sanity and clarity – extremely beneficial for children, MSK
Vatican -> WATERGATE (AGAIN)? - No “Checks and Balances” Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
Flagrant Disregard For All Of Humanity, Especially For Children – Being Publicly Demonstrated by Benedict XVI and hierarchy - Failure to Accept Responsibility for Decades of Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups – Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
Pope should endorse independent investigation - By Gerald T. Slevin - retired attorney - The Washington Post – read more
“Pope’s No. 2” Bertone - Blatant Intellectual Deficit of Hierarchy, Condemning People by “Rumor, Hearsay and Innuendo” -> Slander, Flagrant Disregard of the Law, Civil & God’s – Harmful to Children – read more
Photo - “Rumor, Hearsay and Innuendo” GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids Are Being Hurt!!!