- Apr 11, 2021
With the death on Tuesday of the 93-year-old Father Hans Küng, liberal post-Vatican II Catholicism has lost its muse, and the entire Church has lost someone who never failed to make things more interesting.
There’s something fitting about it having been a Catholic priest who coined the famous phrase about being able to accomplish great things as long as you don’t want the credit, because of all environments on earth where that’s true, the Vatican merits a special pride of place.
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI visited his former home near Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, greeted old neighbors and prayed at his parents’ grave as part of a trip to his former haunts to be with his seriously ill 96-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.
German-speaking Catholics paid tribute to Father Johann Baptist Metz, the veteran theologian who died Dec. 2 in Munster, Germany, at age 91.
Father Joann Baptist Metz, who died Monday at 91, had a little bit of the typical arrogance of the German Doktorvater, but it was always leavened by a capacity to laugh at himself, his colleagues, and the general situation in which he and the Church found themselves.
As Pope Francis opens his third trip to Asia today, visiting Thailand and Japan, there’s a pretty big doctrinal dog that hasn’t uttered a peep – debates over the theology of religious pluralism.
In a letter addressed to the People of God, Pope Francis referred to the sexual abuse crisis that has devastated the Catholic Church, saying that to say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.
As Chile’s bishops arrive in Rome for meetings with Pope Francis on their country’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, it’s worth remembering when America’s bishops did the same in 2002.