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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 18, 2004

As a follow-up to Phil's post, here's Hans:

I think it's a fact that Karol Wojtyla does not know enough modern exegesis, history of dogmas, modern theology. He has a very traditional neo-scholastic training, but I think that these are his limits, and I do not see why we cannot speak openly about that. But in my first volume I had of course to limit myself just to the period until '68. I shall be more explicit on all that in the second volume.

A priest with a multi-volume autobiography? Father Küng's intellectual -- and ministerial -- priorities are suddenly much clearer to me.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 19, 2004 5:06 PM ET USA

    In fact, you could even say that being a Polish cleric under Communist rule impeded Wojtyla's Search for Freedom. Someone should write a book.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 19, 2004 10:45 AM ET USA

    Just to be clear, this Lent, I'm trying to more straightforward and blunt in my postings and spend less time beating around the bush, as I often do.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 18, 2004 7:16 PM ET USA

    I can't keep up with your terminology, but, wasn't the first Pope a fisherman???

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 18, 2004 2:46 PM ET USA

    Small addenda: He's a Lublin Existential Thomist with a strong phenomenological background -- he had an eclectic theosophical development because, if you'll recall, Poland had some diverse developments along non-Western lines with the Germans and the Russians during the early part of the 20th century. This interfered with Wojtyla's climb up Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This also interefered with Wojtyla's ability to move freely back and forth under Communist rule, I would imagine.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 18, 2004 10:22 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Saint Kung could explain Cardinal Newman's experience of having his major theological work being discussed at a top flight Catholic University while he himself (Newman) was at the 3rd rate university? I heard this on the EWTN Cardinal Newman series with Fr McCloskey and Fr Ker -- I thought it was an amusing story. Apparently, and I was shocked to learn this, there is no charism of infallibility operating at the Ecclesial Admissions level of the University. I am in shock and awe.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 18, 2004 10:06 AM ET USA

    Professor Kung, thank you for your whine.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 18, 2004 9:51 AM ET USA

    Karol Wojtyla a TRADITIONAL neo-scholastic? That's a knee slapper. He's a Lublin existential Thomist as far as I know. I'd love to see secular St Kung try and take on Wojtyla's Theology of the Body, but he appears to be too busy being a modern day Docetist to bother. "I think its a fact". Well, Fr Kung, think harder.

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