Benedict XVI’s encyclical is a "positive signal", according to Hans Küng

Source: FSSPX News

The ultra-progressist theologian was interviewed on January 20, 2006, by the Italian daily La Stampa, the day after the release of the encyclical:

"I welcome this encyclical as a positive signal, but I see in it some limitations", he declared, explaining that he would now wish for a second encyclical about the structures of justice in the institutional Church and "her loving relations with those who are different". These latter are, according to him, "women and men who use contraceptives, divorcees and those who remarry, priests who left the priesthood because of the celibate, the critical voices within the Church, the Protestants, the Anglicans for whom communion is not recognized as valid."

Hans Küng believes that "Joseph Ratzinger could become a great pope if he would draw courageous consequences for the structures of the Church and her juridical rules from his correct and important words on love." The contestant theologian expressed his wish to "see alongside the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a Roman Congregation for Love, which would check the conformity of each decree of the Curia with Christian love".

"I believe that many Catholics will be pleased to see that the first encyclical of pope Benedict XVI is not a manifesto of cultural pessimism or of the sexual morality of a Church enemy of the body, but is devoted to a theme central to theology and anthropology", underscored Hans Küng. In his eyes, Deus Caritas est is a "respectable, solid and diversified document, which says about love things which ought to be obvious for Catholics". He thinks that the pope "offers solid theological nourishment on eros and agape, love and charity, and is careful not to give rise to false debates".