For what it’s worth, I think Fr. Kung is right: the CDF, the Curia and the Pope have strayed so far from the Gospel message. In an obssession over things like “Orthodoxy”, and a “smaller, purer Church”, they have become more concerned with over the fine details and rubrics of the Gospel and Dogmas than what lies at the heart of them: which is God and His Infinite Love. They are acting like the Pharisees in the Gospels. That might be harsh of me to say, but I believe it to be true and I stand by my convictions. I’ve never understood why my fellow Catholics seem to be so concerned about purity in terms of belief and teaching than rather about “purity of heart”, which I think is much more important. Some of you say that the Devil infiltrated the Church with Liberalism and the like.
Rather I say if the Devil is up to anything, he’s done a very good job of convincing you all to act in the opposite manner of our Lord and pulled the wool over your eyes. Jesus would not push the “Heretics” and “Liberals” out of his Church: rather, I’m convinced, based on his character as espoused by the Gospels, he’d welcome them to his Table for his Feast, just like the prositutes, and the tax collectors and the outcasts of his day. How sad is it that members of our own Church are being outcast instead of shown the love that Christ would show them. You kick Kung out because he doesn’t believe in the infalliblity of the Pope, or the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, yet you don’t do the same for the Greek Orthodox who believe the same (while some Orthodox do believe in the Immaculate Conception, it is important to note that they do not accept it on the level of a Dogma as defined by a Council)? Really then you should take your arguement to the logical conclusion that they’re heretics because they don’t believe in the infallibility of the Magisterium or the Pope either. Shouldn’t they be kicked out too?
Look at what you’re doing: by the time the Devil’s done with you all you’ll have all kicked each other out because you’re all not “Pure” or “Orthodox” enough for each other. The Roman Church will be so small by the end it will evapourate. Why are you demonizing these people? Why do you call them names? Why do you say, “you don’t belong (for x reason), leave!” when our Lord would never have done such a thing? We’re all sinful, we’re all broken: don’t think you’re better, “Purer”, “more Orthodox” than them because you think you’ve got it all worked out! You don’t, and they don’t either, but at least they want to discuss issues and debate matters rather than saying “that’s heresey, we don’t want to listen to you, we’re right, God told us so” like children! Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, the Holy Spirit can’t protect the Church from error because she is unwilling to listen to the Spirit? Have you ever thought that if the Church has erred, it’s because God can’t interfere with our free will to choose not to listen to him because He loves us that much? Why should God take away the Magisterium’s, and for that matter the Roman Magisterium’s, ability to choose not to listen to Him when He speaks? Is Rome so special, so above the rest of us, that she get’s special treatment and is forced to listen to God? That God breaks His rules just for her? And have you ever thought, that maybe, just maybe, if the Church does err that because the Holy Spirit gudes her that he will correct her error when she is ready to listen?
In our quest for Orthodoxy, Purity, and a concern over “who’s right”, we have forgotten to follow that which is always true, and that’s God’s Infinite Love as revealed in Christ. In doing so, we’ve forgotten God and have let the Devil run amok. Never forget what it means to follow Christ with your actions and not just pay him lip service. That goes for both sides. Both sides, “Orthodox” and “Heretic”, need to come together at the Table and discuss the issues, including the ones no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole, and for once let the Holy Spirit speak and not claim the other is right. We must let go of our pride and let God speak, Hans Kung and Rome included.
What has happened to this Church? God open our ears and hearts so that we may listen to You! For once in our lives! In the name of Jesus, Amen!
I’m going to go pray for us all. Please think twice about calling me a Heretic and saying I should leave the Church: ask yourself if Jesus saw the situation if he’d do the same.
I love you all, and I hate to be this blunt and harsh, but I can’t stand it when I see you ripping my brother in Christ to shreds like that. Remember that God loves you and that you need to act like Christ in following him: that includes welcoming those who believe and teach differently than you: they’re God’s children too, don’t forgret.
God Bless, and I hope I don’t get banned from here for what I just said, but honestly, it needed saying!
ducks his head and begins to pray