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Hans Küng
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Name:
Hans Küng

Dates:
Born: March 19, 1928 in Sursee, Switzerland
Died: n/a
Ordained a Priest: 1954
Censured by the Vatican: 1979

Specialization:
Catholic Theology

Major Works:
Konzil und Wiedervereinigung (Council and Reunification) (1960)
Die Kirche (The Church) (1967)
Unfehlbar? (Infallible?) (1970)
Existiert Gott? (Does God Exist?) (1978)
Ewiges Leben? (Eternal Life?) (1982)

Biography:
Today one of the best known living theologians, Hans Küng was at one time a member of a group of radical theologians who set the stage for Vatican II under Pope John XXIII and the various reforms which ensued. Küng's basic principles have always involved the necessity of openess and reform - not to mention questioning. Such questioning, particluar in areas like papal infallibility, got him into trouble in 1979 when the Vatican censured him and banned him from teaching as a Catholic theologian. For many this might end their careers, but it only seemed to make Küng more popular and more in demand as a speaker. Today he weighs in on a wide vareity of political, social, and ethical issues, presenting a Catholic perspective on matters which is not beholden to the Catholic hierarchy in the Vatican.

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