CNA Staff, Apr 7, 2021 / 17:40 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Pontifical Academy for Life commented on Twitter on the death of the influential and controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng, who rejected papal infallibility, Catholic teaching on contraception, and the moral impermissibility of assisted suicide.
In poor English, the Pontifical Academy for Life’s comment described him as “a great figure in the theology of the last century whose ideas and analyzes (sic) must always make us reflect on the Catholic Church, the Churches, the society, the culture.” The comment, posted to Twitter on April 6, included a hashtag using the 93-year-old theologian’s name. It included a photo of Kung with German-language text of the dates of his birth and death.
The Pontifical Academy for Life was founded by Pope St. John Paul II and professor Jerome Lejeune in 1994. It is dedicated to promoting the Church’s consistent life ethic. In November 2016, the academy came under controversy after its president removed a requirement that academy members sign a statement promising to defend life in conformity with the Church’s magisterium.