Hans Kung (1928-2021) Catholic Priest, Religious Scholar, and Global Ethic Leader

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President Gerry Grudzen’s statement on the passing of Hans Kung, often considered the most important Roman Catholic theologian of the past century. Hans Kung died at his home in Germany on April 9, 2021, at 93 years of age.

I first learned of the writings of Hans Kung as a college student at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit before the start of the Second Vatican Council in October of 1962. I became a keen student of the Protestant Reformation and took additional summer classes in the history of the Renaissance and Reformation at the University of Detroit in addition to my studies at Sacred Heart Seminary.


At my college graduation in June of 1962, I was asked to give the valedictory speech to faculty and students of my seminary. The theme for my presentation was the possible transformational role of the upcoming Second Vatican Council proposed by Pope John XXIII. My preparation for this talk drew heavily from Professor Kung’s book, Council, Reform and Reunion, which had been published in 1961 and led to Kung’s appointment as the youngest Roman Catholic scholar serving as a theological expert for the Second Vatican Council…. Read more.

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