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The mission of ARCC is to bring about substantive structural change within the Catholic Church by seeking to institutionalize a collegial understanding of church where decision making is shared and accountability is realized among Catholics of every kind and conditio n.
Once people start to believe change is possible, 
the drive to achieve it accelerates. 
                                          -   Patrick Sullivan, ARCC President
 
 
 
Patrick B. Sullivan, DPA, M.Div.
President, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
 
 
The Catholic priest and renowned theologian Hans Küngdied April 6 at his home in Tubingen, Germany. He was 93.
The reaction to Hans Kung by the hierarchy inspired the creation of the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church. As one of the founders, Leonard Swidler, urged us to recognize that the condemnation of Hans Kung was not just a violation of his rights but of all of our rights. Catholics have a right to hear mature, clear theology even if it challenges previously held beliefs. We are grateful to Hans Kung who inspired so many to seek out the true meaning of Christianity. He will be missed and forever in our hearts. May he rest in peace.
Leonard Swidler, the founder of ARCC, has written (below) this fine tribute to his friend Hans Kung.
 
 
 
 
Hans Küng
An Intellectual, Spiritual, Moral Giant
Has Left Earthly for Eternal Life
Vivat in Aeternum!
 
Leonard Swidler, PhD, S.T.L., LL.D, LL.D
My good friend since 1958, Hans Küng, has died, age 93. Vivat in aeternum! 
The Catholic Church, which he served so faithfully for nearly a century, has lost one of the last intellectual, spiritual, moral giants from the era of the World-Transformative Vatican Council II, 1962-1965. 
For those who were positively inspired by Hans -- and there are hundreds of thousands -- he offered crystal-clear thought and prose. It was also precisely that which got him in constant trouble with the church political powerful. This was clearly emblazoned by the words of the then Cardinal of Mainz, who in a 1984 “inquisition” on Hans’ already-then world-famous book: On Being Christianburst out to Hans when criticizing his book. I hardly need to translate it: 
Herr Küng, Ihr Buch ist   mir  zu plausibel!
Mr. Küng, your book is for me too plausible!
What does one say or do in the face of such blatant anti-intellectualism, anti-thought, especially when one’s model, Jesus of Nazareth, strongly proclaimed: “The truth shall make you free!” 
Many, especially lay people, will remember Hans publicly for his fantastic scholarship -- made plausible! Many scholars will not -- precisely because he was so clear, and hence, plausibel. Turgid prose was not a virtue for Hans. It was fundamentally the opposite of what Hans’ goal in writing was: Limpid clarity -- plausible! 
I once published an essay in my Journal of Ecumenical Studies(which my wife Arlene and I founded in 1964, with Hans as one of the initial Associate Editors) written by Hans’ then Assistant Karl-Josef Kuschel (later Professor at Tübingen), who described Hans’ process in writing each of his books: 
Hans (1) wrote a first draft chapter by hand. Next, (2) he had his secretary type the second draft, which he then, (3) revised by hand. Then (4) he gave it to university colleagues in areas of their specialization to go over and suggest changes. (5) He included their suggestions in a new revision. (6) He had staff members do a thorough library search, which he incorporated where indicated. (7) the last step was to take that “second-last” version and quietly sit down with Kuschel, and take turns, one reading the text out loud and the other quietly listening for anything that did not come across crystal-clear – plausible -- and clarify it. 
In other words, Hans was desperately trying to make his prose crystal-clear -- er, ah… plausible!
 
 
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