One ReligionDispatches writer, Rosemary Ganley, highlights a German op-ed piece by Hans Kung, progressive Catholic priest and noted theologian, although not recognized as a theologian anymore by the Vatican. In the op-ed, Kung wishes Obama were the Pope instead of Benedict XVI. As Granley's states:
Two gold stars to whomever can translate the original op-ed.
To get right to the point, Kung in his article on February 3, wished Barack Obama were Pope. “The mood in the church is oppressive, reforms are paralyzed, and the church in crisis,” he says. “Benedict is unteachable in matters of birth control and abortion, arrogant and without transparency and restrictive of freedom and human rights.”
For Kung, Benedict should act as Obama has done, declaring a crisis, identifying the problems, proclaiming a vision of hope, revitalizing ecumenism, gathering competent colleagues of either gender, and using the power of his executive office to issue decrees (unhindered by such institutions as a democratically-elected Congress or a Supreme Court.)
But no, “the Pope is reorienting himself backward, inspired by the ideal of the medieval church, looking toward the Council of 1870, not the one of 1965.”