In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the leader of the fight against Dr. Kunger, became Pope Benedict XVI. Soon after, he invited Dr. Kunger to Castel Gandolfo (Castel Gandolfo) on the outskirts of Rome to escape the heat. Pope John Paul II rejected more than a dozen conference requests from Dr. Kunger.
In 1965, when Dr. Kunger recruited Cardinal Ratzinger to become a professor at the University of Tubingen, Dr. Kunger and Cardinal Ratzinger became friends. They split the student uprising of 1968, which shocked Cardinal Ratzinger. They continued to disagree, and Dr. Kunger referred to the cardinal in charge of the defense of the Orthodox Church in the Vatican as the “Grand Inquisitor”
However, after Cardinal Ratting became the pope, the two agreed not to object, and enjoyed a long dinner at the pope’s summer residence. Pope Benedict praised Dr. Kunger for his efforts to revive the dialogue between faith and natural science. Dr. Kunger praised the Pope for contacting other religions.
However, after Benedict resigned in 2013, Dr. Küng suggested that the pope is out of fashion with “modernity” and that the church needs further leadership.
He wrote: “In this dramatic situation, the church needs a pope. The pope is not a medieval intellectual. He does not support any medieval theology, liturgy or church regulations.” The churches in the world, not only Through preaching, but also through words and deeds, fight against freedom and human rights within the church, theologians, women, and all Catholics who want to speak the truth publicly. “
The image of Dr. Kunger is clearly non-clerk. Athletic and handsome, he wears a simple suit, does not have a priest’s collar, and drives a sports car. During his travels in the United States, he sometimes appeared on TV talk shows, and his youthful style put him on par with President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Kunger prefers to be called “professor” or “doctor” or “simple Hans Kunger” and explained that the title “father” is not traditionally used in the German-speaking area.