Hans Küng won’t celebrate 50th of Vatican II, prefers “funeral service”

From The Bitter Pill:

Küng misses Vatican II celebration

17 May 2012

Theologian Hans Küng [but not a Catholic  theologian... heh...] has turned down an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council at the German Katholikentag at Mannheim, held from tomorrow until Sunday. [While the Jesuit Karl Rahner said that Vatican II was an event tantamount to that first council of the apostles in Jerusalem, Hans Küng said Vatican II didn't go nearly far enough.]

The Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Germany’s largest Catholic lay organisation which is organising the Congress and has more than 12 million members, invited Fr Küng and the former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, to participate in their “Council Gala”. But four days before the congress was due to begin, Fr Küng declined.

“I was honoured to receive the invitation [Get this!] but is one really in the mood to celebrate at a time when the Church is in such sore distress?” Fr Küng asked in his four-page reply. [4 pages?] “In my opinion there is no reason for a festive Council Gala but rather for an honest service of penance or a funeral service,” he said.

Would that be with black vestments, Hans?