Not That Anyone is Asking, but Hans Küng Approves of Pope Francis’s Election

Not so fast there, Skipper…

Sure, Fr. Hans Küng believes in the dubious problem of overpopulation, and that the birth control pill is the best thing since sliced bread, etc.  But still, you probably didn’t see this tacit endorsement coming.

For such a conservative group of middle-aged and elderly men, the Princes of the Church do seem to have a few surprises up the sleeves of their vestments. The 115 cardinals sequestered themselves in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday, and emerged on Wednesday with tidings of a new Pope – and not one very many people expected.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pontiff and rechristened himself Pope Francis, signifying his humility and support for the poor and oppressed. He’s the first Jesuit to be made pope, and the first non-European in twelve hundred years to become heir to St. Peter.

Last week, Michael Enright interviewed the preeminent Catholic theologian, Hans Küng, about the crisis in the Catholic Church and the need for reform and liberalization (click here to read).

At the time, Dr. Küng wasn’t very optimistic about the prospects of the current cohort of cardinals choosing a reform-minded Pope. But the election of Francis has restored hope in many of the faithful, that reform in the Vatican might be possible.

We checking in with Dr. Küng again for his thoughts on Pope Francis. Micheal Enright spoke to Dr. Küng from his office in Tübingen, Germany.

Have a listen here to the rest of the interview Fr. Küng gave with CBC’s Michael Enright.

It’s interesting, even if he may be projecting ideas onto the Pope that he doesn’t hold.

  • Katy Anders

    I sense somebody sucking up to the new boss!

  • Subsistent

    In his “personal blog”, Cdl. Roger Mahony has likewise indicated approval of Francis as pope, right? — apparently implying there that he voted for Francis in every ballot. Yet let’s remember that Francis has chosen to wear the same individual pallium that Benedict wore.

  • Yae

    I agree. Many are thinking that because our Holy Father is a simple man in his style of Papal attire, that he will soon throw the baby out with the bath water. How wrong those who think this are. Yet, the “other side” is just as guilty since they are in an uproar over his lack of the red shoes and the mozzetta. We have our work cut out for us…to pray for our Holy Father, to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in the faith and to pray that God’s holy will be done.
    I stand with the Holy Father and with beloved Benedict. God bless them both.

  • http://nil Dr Neville D’Cunha

    The name is not important in today’s secular world. The most important thing is to act quickly, fast and right. In a organization like the Church it is nigh impossible. The Church has its own dynamics which will take the Holy Father a long time to learn. By that time all his enthusiasm and noble intentions will fly in thin airs. Nothing is going to change in the Church. It will remain as it is. The point is it has to be threatened from the outside to see some changes inside. In my opinion, I don’t see any threats for all institutions secular and religious are sailing in the same boat that of being inherently sinful.

  • John May

    Your comment about the dubious problem of overpopulation is quite ludicrous. Just buy a plane ticket and go to Western Africa and you will see for yourself.

    Best, John May, Demographer.

    • Frank Weathers

      There are many problems there, though an argument could be made that most of them are political in nature. The population question is one that the Church has not ignored.