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Irish bishop rips Hans Küng on ‘spirit of Vatican II’

Catholic World News - September 14, 2010

An Irish bishop who, as a young priest, attended the entire Second Vatican Council has offered strong criticism of Hans Küng’s credentials as an interpreter of the council.

“It is his claim to be the true interpreter of the documents of the Vatican Council that I find most difficult to accept, given the reality of his involvement with it,” writes Bishop Michael Smith of Meath, who recalls that the dissident theologian chose to absent himself from the council’s proceedings in order to spend “a great deal of time giving lectures on the council and interviews to media.”

“A clear conclusion, for me at least, is that Dr Küng is less qualified than most of those present to interpret that ephemeral concept which he constantly evokes-- ‘the spirit of the Vatican Council.’”

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  • Posted by: Obregon - Sep. 14, 2010 11:17 PM ET USA

    Wonderful news for those of us who do not believe in the hermeneutics of discontinuity in our interpretation of the Council. For two long the Kungs of the world interpreted the Council to have been a rupture with the past and John Paul II and this Pope are finally exposing to all of us the true interpretation of the Second Vatican Council.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Sep. 14, 2010 10:49 PM ET USA

    Bishop Smith, too bad there weren't more like you speaking out strongly against dissent 40 years ago when the likes of Kung were doing the most damage. Now most people under 50 see Kung and his ilk as dinosaurs.

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