Meet Professor Hans Küng
Dr. Hans Küng
Professor Hans Küng, born in Sursee, Switzerland in 1928, is a scholar of theology and philosophy and a prolific writer. He studied philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University (Rome), the Sorbonne and the Institut Catholique de Paris. In addition, Dr. Küng holds numerous awards and honorary degrees from several universities.
From 1960 until his retirement in 1996, Küng was Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tübingen. He held guest professorships in New York, Basel, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Houston. From 1962 to 1965, he served as official theological consultant (Peritus) to the Second Vatican Council appointed by Pope John XXIII. In 1979 the Vatican withdrew Dr. Küng’s ecclesiastical teaching permission because of his opposition to the doctrine of papal infallibility, but Dr. Küng kept his chair and institute and has remained a priest in good standing. From 1995 to 2013, Dr. Küng was President of the Global Ethic Foundation (Stiftung Weltethos). Since 2013, he serves as the Honorary President of the Global Ethic Foundation.
Dr. Küng’s books have been translated into many languages. He drafted “The Declaration Toward a Global Ethic” for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1993, and for the proposal of the InterAction Council for a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities in 1997.