The Vatican’s official newspaper published a prominent yet understated rebuke of the Rev. Hans Kung, the dissident Catholic theologian, for his latest criticisms of Pope Benedict XVI. Appearing on the front page of the Friday (April 23) edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the article responded to an April 16 open letter that Kung wrote to the world’s Catholic bishops. … Responding in L’Osservatore Romano, Pier Giordano Cabra (identified as Kung’s first publisher in Italy) addressed the theologian in the form of a letter, under the headline “Dear Hans.” Cabra told Kung that “perhaps if your letter had breathed a bit more of the hymn to charity, it would have turned out to be a more elegantly evangelical gesture of congratulations” for Benedict’s 83rd birthday and fifth anniversary as pope, as well as “a more fruitful contribution to the church that is suffering for the weakness of her sons.”
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