One of the world’s most distinguished theologians and the President of the Foundation for the Global Ethic in Germany and Switzerland will be at the University of Leicester to deliver the Third Sir Sigmund Sternberg Lecture in Inter-Faith Dialogue on 10 May 2000. His theme is ‘A vision for the Twenty-First Century’.
Professor Hans Küng, who was appointed by Pope John XXIII as an official adviser at the Second Vatican Council, subsequently encountered difficulties with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and was debarred from teaching Catholic dogmatic theology in 1979 by the withdrawal of the missio canonica (the authority to teach Catholic doctrine).
He is a leading advocate of the need for dialogue between the world’s religions as well as for the search for a new global ethic. He was the author of the Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions towards a Global Ethic in 1993.
In 1998 he was awarded Inter-Faith Gold Medallion of the International Council of Christians and Jews. He is a prolific author with a wide readership in the areas of the Christian life, the Church and ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue and the global ethic. He has lectured at numerous universities world-wide and holds many awards and honorary degrees.
Professor Küng has gained notoriety as a result of his protests against the Papal encyclicals of 1967 (on priestly celibacy) and 1968 (on contraception). In 1996, he published his ‘Ten Theses on the Future of the Church and the Papacy’ in Corriere della Sera.
“I am enormously looking forward to the occasion of Professor Küng’s lecture”, commented Professor Richard Bonney, the Director of the University’s Centre for the History of Religions, Inter-Faith Dialogue and Pluralism.
“For more than twenty years he has been a controversial figure in the Catholic church. And yet in those twenty years he has published enormously and made very considerable strides indeed on two of the great issues which face the world - the relationship between the faiths and the need for a global ethic which seeks to enshrine the acceptance of a common stewardship of the world and its resources”.
Lecture: Open to the public and free. Rattray Lecture Theatre One, 5.30 p.m, May 10.
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For more information, contact Professor Bonney on 0116 252 2802.
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