Hans Küng is so not helping. Here are some excerpts from an interview he gave to Südwest Presse, Küng says that Pope Fracis is awesome sauce and that the Pope has set the Church on a path to a progressive utopia.
Tübingen) In an interview with the Südwestpresse, the heretical Swiss theologian Hans Küng is thrilled by Pope Francis. “He has already achieved some things that can no longer be withdrawn,” Küng is convinced. “It can not even be foreseen what the changes already initiated mean.”
Even for Hans Küng there seems to be doubt as to what course is actually being pursued by the Argentine Pope. He has “joy” about the new Pope, but this is not detrimental. Although “not yet decided upon which course he will really strike out upon” but “to think that he was not a reformer, would be to close our eyes to the facts.” The fact that Francis is a reformer, Küng is points directly to form. Rightly, he notes, “There is control over the content. But if a Pope greets the people with “buona sera”, that is a signal. “
In terms of remarried divorcees Küng is convinced that Francis has pursued “a great strategy.” “First of all he surveyed the group of eight cardinals, then the whole College of Cardinals. In the fall there will eventually be a synod on the family. Of course, every step is a risk. But if Francis has the College of Cardinals behind him, he is no longer alone. He lays total emphasis on collegiality. “Küng is convinced that “the admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments” will be implemented, most of all desires of the Progressive reform. “There he is performing the mercy of which he so often speaks, and putting it into practice.” On the question of how large “is resistance within the Church to reform” Küng replied. “This is not easy to judge because there are hardliners in Curia and Church. There are also among the laity resistance groups such as the conservative Catholic forum. But this Pope has amazingly managed to win over many people of all stripes in virtually no time for himself and his course.”
Don’t forget women’s ordination. Can’t have a progressive utopia without that.
Küng stresses himself to be for women priests, but he sees its introduction as “more difficult” than the “overcoming of celibacy.” For Küng, “women’s ordination” affirms the “justified appreciation” that Jesus “gave to women.” The Swiss theologian notes at the same time, however, that the question “controversial”. The “pastoral need of communities” considering the shortage of priests might “force” its introduction.
I suspect Küng will be surprised and saddened during his lifetime and certain he will be after it.