Reverend Father Hans Küng (born March 19, 1928, in Sursee, Canton of Lucerne), is a Swiss Catholic priest, controversial theologian, and prolific author but he is also a needed voice of enlightened inquiry and truth regarding the global cover-up of child rape and molestation by catholic priests as well as Pope Benedict's direct responsibility for the resulting implosion of credibility.
In an open letter to all Catholic Bishops, Kung points out several missed opportunities by Pope Benedict regarding the critical challenges of our times ~ the worst being the opportunity to make " the spirit of the Second Vatican Council the compass for the whole Catholic Church, including the Vatican itself, and thus to promote the needed reforms in the church. "
But Kung reserves his greatest criticism for Pope Benedict's role in allowing " the clerical abuse of thousands of children and adolescents, first in the United States, then in Ireland and now in Germany and other countries. And to make matters worse, the handling of these cases has given rise to an unprecedented leadership crisis and a collapse of trust in church leadership."
Kung doesn't hesitate to indict Pope Benedict for his role in this unprecedented moral leadership crisis ~ " There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Ratzinger (1981-2005). During the reign of Pope John Paul II, that congregation had already taken charge of all such cases under oath of strictest silence. Ratzinger himself, on May 18th, 2001, sent a solemn document to all the bishops dealing with severe crimes ( “epistula de delictis gravioribus” ), in which cases of abuse were sealed under the “secretum pontificium” , the violation of which could entail grave ecclesiastical penalties. With good reason, therefore, many people have expected a personal mea culpa on the part of the former prefect and current pope. Instead, the pope passed up the opportunity afforded by Holy Week: On Easter Sunday, he had his innocence proclaimed “urbi et orbi” by the dean of the College of Cardinals."
So, in essence, Pope Benedict has confessed to and been forgiven by himself ~ which doesn't cut the ice with Hans Kung or millions of other Catholics.
In his open letter to the church Bishops ~ Kung offers six proposals including the Call for a Council but it is proposal number four that refutes Papal Infallibility and strikes the correct chord in this deepening church crisis
4. Unconditional obedience is owed to God alone: " Although at your episcopal consecration you had to take an oath of unconditional obedience to the pope, you know that unconditional obedience can never be paid to any human authority; it is due to God alone. For this reason, you should not feel impeded by your oath to speak the truth about the current crisis facing the church, your diocese and your country. Your model should be the apostle Paul, who dared to oppose Peter “to his face since he was manifestly in the wrong”! ( Galatians 2:11 ). Pressuring the Roman authorities in the spirit of Christian fraternity can be permissible and even necessary when they fail to live up to the spirit of the Gospel and its mission. The use of the vernacular in the liturgy, the changes in the regulations governing mixed marriages, the affirmation of tolerance, democracy and human rights, the opening up of an ecumenical approach, and the many other reforms of Vatican II were only achieved because of tenacious pressure from below."
There you have it, the Catholic Chuch is imploding because it's allegiance to the Roman Pope has superceded it's allegiance to moral values and the true spirit of the gospel and its mission of hope and salvation to the destitute and oppressed.
The Pope is no more infallible than you or I and Benedict must either resign or publicly repent, ask for forgiveness and fully restore the reforms of Vatican II along with it the credibility of an imploding Institution ~ by seeking justice and restitution for those abused by the church on his watch.
Allen L Roland
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