Theologian Hans Kung’s book, CAN WE SAVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? WE CAN SAVE THE CHURCH Is a very important book for its grand historical view of the Church, particularly in terms of world paradigm shifts and the Church’s response to them.
We prefer the German title: CAN THE CHURCH BE SAVED? The Church was saved in other paradigm crises by the formation of alternative Catholic Rites, including Protestantism which has not yet been recognized by the Roman System as part of the larger family of Catholicism according to Kung.
Since shortly after Vatican II, there has been significant growth of ultra-conservative groups like Opus Dei within the Roman Catholic Rite/Church. The strong influence of these groups on Catholic bishops, priests, seminarians and laity in many countries during the past two papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI leave little room for any substantial change within the Roman Rite/Church…despite the very good intentions and efforts of Pope Francis.
Any efforts directed toward reforming the Roman Catholic Church have been strongly resisted by many Catholics, both clergy and lay alike. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to work on a non-Roman western Catholic Rite in union with Rome? A Post-Vatican II Catholic Rite/Church with doctrines, canons, and ritual trans-valued in light of new scientific and cultural understandings of humanity and the universe in which we live? This, indeed, may be the only way the Catholic Church will be saved for future generations in countries with non-Romanist, non-patriarchal cultures.
Although it has been taught to the contrary, the Roman Catholic Rite does not OWN Catholicism! There have been and still are 23 different Catholic Rites/Churches in union with Rome. Why not one more?
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