The controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng has welcomed the structural reforms advocated by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium and said they will meet with wide approval “far beyond the Catholic Church”.
In a long article entitled “Church Reform at all Levels”, the fierce
critic of Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, expressed serious
concern as to whether the Pope “is still in control of his Guardian of
the Faith” – the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller.
That Müller, as a loyal supporter of Benedict XVI’s collected works,
was made CDF prefect surprised people less than the fact that Pope
Francis confirmed him in office “quite so soon”, Küng wrote.
Recalling Müller’s conservative stance on Communion for remarried
divorcees, Küng said that the present situation in the Church was
“The Pope wants to practise mercy, the prefect appeals to
God’s holiness and justice.”
Whenever Pope Francis pushes forward on
reform, Müller immediately puts on the brakes, Küng pointed out. Pope
Francis has actual people in mind, while Müller concentrated solely on
traditional Catholic doctrine, Küng said.
So people are beginning to wonder whether Pope Emeritus Benedict “is
in fact operating as a kind of ‘shadow Pope’ through Archbishop Müller
and Georg Gänswein, [Benedict’s] secretary and Prefect of the Papal
Household, whom he also promoted to archbishop”.
As far as remarried divorcees are concerned, Küng accuses Müller of
ignoring the fact that when Jesus proclaimed the indissolubility of
marriage (Mark 10:9), he pronounced a commandment based on an aim.
with other commandments, this one does not exclude failure and
forgiveness,” Küng recalled, and asks whether one can really imagine
Jesus sanctioning the present way the Church treats remarrried
Read Küng’s article