Saturday, March 20, 2010
Hans Kung on the Pope's responsibility in the Roman Catholic Church's Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Hans Kung is a controversial figure among Roman Catholics. Nevertheless, his latest post concerning the Pope's responsibility in the Roman Catholic child sex abuse scandal cannot be ignored.
Read it here.
One noteworthy statement from Kung's article:
"Why does the pope continue to assert that what he calls "holy" celibacy is a "precious gift", thus ignoring the biblical teaching that explicitly permits and even encourages marriage for all office holders in the Church? Celibacy is not "holy"; it is not even "fortunate"; it is "unfortunate", for it excludes many perfectly good candidates from the priesthood and forces numerous priests out of their office, simply because they want to marry. The rule of celibacy is not a truth of faith, but a church law going back to the 11th Century; it should have been abolished already in the 16th Century, when it was trenchantly criticized by the Reformers."