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Hans Küng

Datum narození: 19. březen 1928

Hans Küng je původem švýcarský teolog, autor mnoha knih, katolický kněz a průkopník mezináboženského dialogu. Byl významným teologem Druhého vatikánského koncilu, patří mezi nejvýznamnější a nejkontroverznější představitele liberálního katolicismu, od 70. let je pak známý především jako ostrý kritik vládnoucích katolických církevních kruhů a tradicionalismu.


„Je sice správné, že něco neexistuje, přestože si to přejeme, ale není správné, že něco nemůže existovat jen proto, že si to přejeme.“

„Křesťanství začíná s Velikonocemi.“


„No peace among the nations
without peace among the religions.

No peace among the religions
without dialogue between the religions

No dialogue between the religions
without investigation of the foundation of the religions.“
Christianity: Essence, History, Future

„If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O'Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.“

„historical arguments; traditional apologetics breaks down here. Since man is here dealing with God and this by definition means with the invisible, impalpable, uncontrollable, only one attitude is appropriate and required : believing trust, trusting faith.“

„The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?“

„Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.“

„Does not simply contain God's word: it becomes God's word for anyone who submits trustfully and in faith to its testimony.“


„The face he showed in Jesus is really his true and single face.“ On Being a Christian

„Even manifestly senseless suffering and death can have a meaning, can acquire a meaning. a hidden meaning.“ On Being a Christian

„What a revolution! In less than a century the persecuted church had become a persecuting church. Its enemies, the “heretics” (those who “selected” from the totality of the Catholic faith), were now also the enemies of the empire and were punished accordingly. For the first time now Christians killed other Christians because of differences in their views of the faith. This is what happened in Trier in 385: despite many objections, the ascetic and enthusiastic Spanish lay preacher Priscillian was executed for heresy together with six companions. People soon became quite accustomed to this idea. Above all the Jews came under pressure. The proud Roman Hellenistic state church hardly remembered its own Jewish roots anymore. A specifically Christian ecclesiastical anti-Judaism developed out of the pagan state anti-Judaism that already existed. There were many reasons for this: the breaking off of conversations between the church and the synagogue and mutual isolation; the church’s exclusive claim to the Hebrew Bible; the crucifixion of Jesus, which was now generally attributed to the Jews; the dispersion of Israel, which was seen as God’s just curse on a damned people who were alleged to have broken the covenant with God... Almost exactly a century after Constantine’s death, by special state-church laws under Theodosius II, Judaism was removed from the sacral sphere, to which one had access only through the sacraments (that is, through baptism). The first repressive measures“ The Catholic Church: A Short History

„To be no more than scholarly reflection on its object from one particular standpoint, which is anyway one legitimate standpoint among others.“ On Being a Christian


„It considers this Jesus as ultimately decisive, definitive, archetypal for man in these various dimensions of his.“ On Being a Christian

„• Clear answers to problems like guilt and atonement, dying and immortality; • And with all this, still a wide-ranging assimilation to Hellenistic-Roman society. Once the freedom of religion“ The Catholic Church: A Short History

„The comprehensive organization of the church, with its solid roots and the manifold forms of charitable help to the many who were poor and in distress; • Christian monotheism, which commended itself as the progressive and enlightened position in the face of polytheism, with its wealth of myths; • The lofty ethic, which, tested by ascetics and martyrs to the point of death, showed itself to be superior to pagan morality;“ The Catholic Church: A Short History

„The Christian state religion was crowned by the dogma of the Trinity. Only now can this term be used, since the Second Ecumenical Council, of Constantinople, convened by Theodosius the Great in 381, defined the identity of substance of the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son. The creed supplemented by this council, and therefore called the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, is still in use in the Catholic Church today—alongside the brief Apostles’ Creed. So much did it finally come to be taken for granted that centuries later it was to be turned into great music by the greatest composers of Christianity (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, in their settings of the mass). After this council, what the three Cappadocians (from Cappadocia“ The Catholic Church: A Short History

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