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Weigel rips Küng for attack on Pope Benedict

April 21, 2010

George Weigel takes Hans Küng to task for his vituperative personal attack on Pope Benedict XVI, calling it "mean-spirited condemnation of an old friend." Weigel notes that Küng "single-handedly invented a new global personality-type-- the dissident theologian as international media star." However, he argues, the dissident's timing is poor:

…you relentlessly pursue your fifty-year quest for a liberal Protestant Catholicism, at precisely the moment when the liberal Protestant project is collapsing from its inherent theological incoherence.


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  • Posted by: St.John Neumann - Apr. 21, 2010 7:35 PM ET USA

    I respect George Weigel, but reasoned, intellectual responses are pointless with people like Kung, Schillebeeckx, Raymond Brown, etc. They play to the intellectual crowd and the crowd loves them. And while one might find an occaisional pearl in all the slime, is it really worth the time and trouble? Their time has come and gone, but they have done their work well and along with the Holy Father all of the faithful will suffer the consequences for a long time.

  • Posted by: niall - Apr. 21, 2010 5:40 PM ET USA

    Good. He ought to send a copy of it to the Irish Times and insist that they publish it - in the interests of fair and balanced reporting!