Reviews 111 Reviews [ECCL 1.2 (2005) 111–118] ISSN 1744 –1366 Hans Küng, My Struggle for Freedom (London: Continuum, 2003), 463 pp. Hbk. £25. ISBN 0–8264–7021–1. T here are people who say that Hans Küng is arrogant. May be, but he has a lot to be arrogant about. This first volume of his autobiography, covering his early life, his training in Rome, and his participation from 1962 to 1965 in the Second Vatican Council, called by Pope John XXIII and completed by Pope Paul VI, is riveting. Here are the revelations of an insider who was one of the movers and shakers during that four-year period of revolution in the Roman Catholic Church. Küng recalls with pleasure the verdict of the late Peter Hebblethwaite, biographer of John XXIII and Paul VI, that the young Swiss priest-scholar ‘had provided the real agenda for the council . . . Never again would an individual theologian have such influence’. Later, Küng quotes Peter Hebblethwaite again when presenting the final balance sheet, to the effect that all his seven demands had been embodied in some form in the council documents: reassessment of the Reformation; a prime place for the Bible; an authentic liturgy;
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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