A sample with my emphases:
In an interview last weekend with German daily the Frankfurter Rundschau , Küng says John Paul II does not merit being presented to the faithful as an example. He says: “John Paul II is universally praised as someone who fought for peace and human rights. But his preaching to the outside world was in total contrast with the way he ran the church from inside, with an authoritarian pontificate which suppressed the rights of both women and theologians.” [Better than Ambien.]
In particular, Küng argues that John Paul’s harsh treatment of Latin American liberation theologians such as Gutierrez and Boff represented the “exact opposite” of decent Christian behaviour. [Actually, they were treated with extreme patience. And this is, of course, a shot at Pope Benedict, who was Prefect of the CDF.] Küng also sees it as totally “logical” that Pope Benedict would be keen to promote the cause of his predecessor but adds: “Wojtyla and Ratzinger are the people most responsible for the chronic sickness of today’s Catholic Church. Behind the sumptuous pomposity of the great Roman liturgy, there looms a total emptiness in many Catholic communities.” [And that is because of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Not John XXIII or Paul VI. No.]
One of the most regularly touted criticisms of this beatification has been its fast-track time scale, given that it comes just six years after the death of John Paul II. Supporters of the late pope point to the fact that, to some extent, this is a beatification that has come about by popular acclamation, given the cries of “Santo subito” (Make him a saint immediately) that rang out in St Peter’s Square on the day of his funeral. [See the irony?]
Küng dismisses this justification, [Wait for it...] arguing that the campaign was manipulated: [ROFL!] “I remember those so-called “spontaneous” posters in St Peter’s Square – all neatly and carefully printed. The whole thing was just a con act by conservative and reactionary Catholic groups, especially those ones that are very strong in Spain, Italy and Poland.” [I supposed union activists and professional protesters were bussed in.]
Isn’t it ironic that when there is – at long last! – a positive response from the Church to a movement “from below”, from the people, Hans Kung and other of his world view find a way to run it down?