By Corneliu C. Simut
The book presents the transition from traditionalism to modernism in connection to 2 of Küng's most crucial books on ecclesiology: constructions of the Church (1962) as representing Küng's conventional theology, and On Being a Christian (1974) as a mirrored image of his glossy method of Christianity.
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To be sure, true catholicity should promote the development of the fellowship between Catholic churches on the one hand, and of Orthodox and Protestant churches on the other. 62 The church is essentially a community of people who share the same faith, and this reality should push the church toward being constantly open and receptive to the problems of the world. Actually, the church does not exist only to support the world in trying to solve its problems, so the duty of the church to be open to the world should not be restricted to social assistance or anything similar.
In doing this, the church should display respect toward other Christian manifestations of various local churches regardless of the language, ecclesiastical practices, and traditions. 65 Healing the Schism by Ecumenicity Küng is keenly aware that catholicity, especially immanent or historical catholicity, should be visibly expressed by means of ecumenicity. The ecumenical character of the church is consequently the embodiment of catholicity itself. As far as Küng is concerned, ecumenicity itself should be understood in a dual fashion.
At this point, Küng stresses that novelty 66 has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, in the sense that the Spirit will never bring at issue things that are new for the doctrine of the church. The Spirit of God will always confront the church with the word of Christ, so there is absolutely nothing new in the proclamation of the church. The word of Christ, which is also the Word of God, is the method to identify the true authority of the church and also to confirm its holiness. In other words, the church is holy if it is led by the Holy Spirit.
A Critical Study of Hans Kung’s Ecclesiology: From Traditionalism to Modernism by Corneliu C. Simut