Hans Küng Considering Assisted Suicide

Hans Küng

From Reuters:

Hans Küng, Roman Catholicism’s best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent – assisted suicide.

Küng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, writes in the final volume of his memoirs that people have a right to “surrender” their lives to God voluntarily if illness, pain or dementia make further living unbearable.

The Catholic Church rejects assisted suicide, which is allowed in Küng‘s native Switzerland as well as Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and four states in the United States.

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A Story You Should Be Following, Even If You’re Not Catholic

Gustavo Gutierrez, the founder of Liberation Theology, is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis this week.

Many agree that in the Global South, liberation theology lost and prosperity theology won by the end of the 20th century. That’s tragic for a number of reasons, not least of which is that the Vatican was in large part responsible for this reality by censuring and silencing liberation theologians.

It’s too early to say if this is an about-face, but it’s at least a major development that Pope Francis is meeting this week with Gustavo Gutierrez, the founder of liberation theology.

Here’s RNS’s report:

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Two Bad Views on What Happens When You Die

Two super-popular Christian leaders have recently made public statements about what happens when you die. And they’re both terribly wrong.

First, our friend, Rick Warren, tweeted this:

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I’m Warming to the Pope

Pope Francis after his inauguration mass (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

Ultimately, I am a pragmatist.

People occasionally say to me, “I don’t believe in divorce.” I respond, “Then I must not exist.”

In other words, you may not like divorce, but not believing in it is not one of the options. Divorce exists. Deal with it.

I’m not a fan of the papacy. I think that bureaucracies and hierarchies are bad for the gospel. I think they’re anti-gospel.

Nevertheless, I’m a realist. The Catholic Church is one-half of the world’s Christians, and that church has a pope. So, whether I like it or not, that one celibate dude has a lot of cultural cachet — how people see him will affect how they understand the religion that I practice.

Yes, I was cynical last week. Why is it huge news that a Christian leader paid his hotel bill? Shouldn’t that be the standard?

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