Aspects of Life of Hans Kung
Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic. Küng is a Roman Catholic priest, but the Vatican has rescinded his authority to teach Catholic theology.
In many of his works (such as The Council, Reform, and Reunion, 1962, and Structures of the Church, 1964) Küng combined historical analysis with reflection upon contemporary problems to indicate the need for reform within the Roman Catholic Church and the real possibility of reconciliation with other churches.
Thus, “true humanity is the prerequisite for true religion”; and “true religion is the perfecting of true humanity.” Küng also makes it clear that the truth in Christianity does not exclude the truth in other religions. They are all conditionally true religions as long as they do not contradict the essential Christian message; in fact, other religions can “complete, correct and enrich the Christian religion.”[Hans Küng, 98] In the end no religion will be left standing, not even Christianity, Küng asserts, but the one “Inexpressible” to whom all religions are oriented. Even Jesus Christ will no longer stand as a separate figure; Paul says, “When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will (also) be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28).
Küng was invited in 2001 by the UN Secretary General as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons, who are co-authors of the Manifesto for the UN Crossing the Divide: Dialogue among Civilizations. In 2007 he became a member of the board of the Global Humanitarian Forum (Geneva) convened by Kofi Annan.
Hans Küng, Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics, 98
Chris Sugden, “Called to Full Humanity: A perspective from Western Europe.” Transformation 15, (January 1, 1998), 28-29.