The Transformation of Roman Catholicism Essay

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The Transformation of Roman Catholicism Hans Kung presented a possible major retransformation for Roman Catholic Christianity. He believed that 'the renewal of the Catholic Church willed by the Second Vatican Council has come to a standstill.' (Kung:1971:9) The transformation of Roman Catholicism both by the councils of Trent, Vatican I and II was believed to have been needed in order to look ay the way in which the Christian tradition encapsulates the truth of the religion. Both the Vatican councils attempted to transform Roman Catholicism. Before I can first look at Kungs objections…show more content…
Criticism of the legalistic, centralistic and rationalistic narrowing of the concepts of faith, doctrine and infallibility. In addition Kung questioned whether faith depends at all on infallibility statements or on infallibly true propositions. In this essay I am going to look at the questions raised by Kung and attempt to critically analyse these against the doctrine of infallibility. In order to do this I will take each of Kung criticisms of the Roman Catholic concept of church infallibility, as outlined above and examine them. The theological concern therefore of Kung is the reform of the Roman Catholic church 'against a Biblical and an ecumenical horizon' (Haring:1998:116) under minding the 'stability and immutability of doctrinal statements as guarantees of truth- especially when they are obligated to Vatican I's rationalistic and legalistic concept of faith.' (Haring:1998:116) For Kung the discussion about infallibility is a discussion about the way in which truth is dealt with inside the church that it hermeneutical and at the same time related to church practice, it is not a discussion about the capacity of the Catholic Church for truth. Kung firstly took the concept of infallibility and questioned its biblical basis. Kung claims that it was believed by the councils

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