A Vatican Spring? – NYTimes.com. To put it mildly, it is very unfortunate the analogy choice that rebel theologian Hans Küng used for his undoubtedly celebrated New York Times’ op-ed “A Vatican Spring?” For a sharp intellectual it is disappointing to watch him not to realize that the so-called “Arab Spring” is nothing more than western wishful thinking. Autocracies were removed, that’s true, but were replaced by new autocracies, and are the kind he most condemns: theocracies.
How can we trust the rest of his analysis of the current state of affairs of the Catholic Church? Ok, that’s his area of expertise, but if he wants openness and changes in the two-millennia institution, he can hardly appeal to what happened (and continues to happen) in the middle east.
And definitively we cannot trust his modesty. Gee, when the now abdicated Pope decided to talk with him in 2005, that was really a bold move! In that order of ideas, how can we trust his solution: to replace the Church’s current problems with the problems before the 11th century?
And the final blow: With Küng’s op-ed, now we have a theologian that trusts more in polls and surveys than in doctrine (!). You could expect that from a politician, but from someone that has spent his whole life devoted to the study of the Christian faith?
Yes, there is trouble at the Vatican, but Küng doesn’t realize that old aphorism: “Perversi difficile corriguntur et stultorum infinitus est numerous”.