Hans Küng

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.