As a follow up to what I wrote HERE about the dreadful piece attack piece on Church teaching through undermining infallibility by Hans Küng published by the even more dreadful National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) I received the following from a priest friend. It is amusing enough to deserve it’s own post. I’ve slightly anonymized it.
You might recall that, in my own post about the Küng piece, I added: “Francis is about as likely to renounce his infallibility as Küng is to renounce his own.”
Now, the fun anecdote:
I was in Rome in 1978 for the election of both JPI & JPII.
A year later Fr Angel Anton was lecturing to us on Ecclesiology at the [Gregorian University] in 2nd year Theology and had listed a couple of Kung’s books on the reading list.
When Kung’s license to teach as a Catholic Theologian was revoked, Fr Anton gave us a blow by blow account of the on-going saga between Kung and, first, the German Bishops and, then, the CDF.
Here’s THE big story about the Conclaves that even Andrew Greeley had failed to uncover.
During the summer of 1978 Cardinal Hume was also staying at the ___ and he heard that some of the other Cardinals wanted to propose Kung as a candidate for the Papacy. [My Jesus! Mercy!] So they sent Kung an urgent telegram to see if he would accept the nomination.
“Certainly not” came the reply “If I became Pope, I would no longer be infallible.”
And there it is. Some might chalk this up as an urban legend, and I had heard something like it in the past, but we can all agree that…
Se non è vero è ben trovato!