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  •  Kung was widely read in the Sixties (1+ / 0-)
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    as were a number of other theologians capable of simplifying their ideas to reach dummies like me. I was raised Methodist but had been close to Roman Catholics all my life (I was baptized in a Roman Catholic Church to alleviate family fears of Limbo).  Kung strongly influencied my thinking on Cathoicism: He helped me become  a lot more tolerant,  & to discern the differences between institutional clericialism & Roman Catholicism as a practice. Of course, there was more hopefulness back then that the Church was on a generally progressive path. When fear became less of motivating factor after Vatican II, & parish priests lost much of their dictatorial authority over the personal lives of parishioners, naturally many Catholics became less strictly observant, many drifting away altogether (my dad had quit outright thirty years earlier, trained by Jesuits to question everything, so he did).  But the institutional  Church failed to take advantage of this lifting of oppression. Nearly everyone I know  knows an ex-priest who would have remained a priest had he been permitted to marry & have a family life like his protestant counterparts. Because it no longer made any sense.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:28:06 PM PST

    •  interesting observations, DJR, (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems to me that fear/dictatorial authority has become in vogue again and institutional suppression of its members is de riguer in the church again.  'Obedience to the hierarchy' is considered more important than 'love of neighbor.'

      We Must DISARM THE NRA The next life you save may be ONE OF YOUR OWN!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:58:56 PM PST

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