37 Hans Küng Quotes from the Swiss Catholic Priest

Hans Küng was a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian, born on March 19, 1928, in Sursee, Switzerland and passed away on April 6, 2021, in Tübingen, Germany.

His liberal theological views led to his censorship by the Vatican in 1979. Küng earned his doctorate in theology from the Catholic Institute at the Sorbonne in 1957 and was ordained in 1954.

He taught at various universities, including Tübingen, where he led the Institute for Ecumenical Research.

Appointed by Pope John XXIII as a theological consultant for the Second Vatican Council, Küng often challenged traditional church doctrines, resulting in his 1979 Vatican censure.


Although banned from teaching as a Catholic theologian, he continued under secular auspices.

His numerous publications delved into topics like papal infallibility and interreligious cooperation. He also penned memoirs in the 21st century.

Here is a top collection of quotes by Hans Kung.

Top 5 Hans Küng Quotes


A Church which abandons the truth abandons itself. ~ Hans Küng.


A human person is infinitely precious and must be unconditionally protected. ~ Hans Küng.


Religion often is misused for purely power-political goals, including war. ~ Hans Küng.


The face he showed in Jesus is really his true and single face. ~ Hans Küng.


We should think about whether canonizations, which are an invention of the Middle Ages, still make sense today. ~ Hans Küng.

Powerful Hans Küng Quotes

But I have to add – and this answers your other question – this catholicity in time and in space is only meaningful for me if there is, at the same time, a concentration on the Gospel. ~ Hans Küng.

As a matter of fact, you have deficiencies in all religions, but you have truth in all religions. ~ Hans Küng.


Alluding to hell is a warning that a person can completely neglect his purpose in life. I don’t believe in an eternal hell. ~ Hans Küng.

After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history. ~ Hans Küng.

For many people, the pope is still, to a certain extent, a positive role model and a moral force, although others feel that this aspect has suffered greatly. ~ Hans Küng.

Famous Hans Küng Quotes

All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved. ~ Hans Küng.


The Gospel has to be the norm. ~ Hans Küng.

Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia – even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts. ~ Hans Küng.

Does not simply contain God’s word: it becomes God’s word for anyone who submits trustfully and in faith to its testimony. ~ Hans Küng.


To be no more than scholarly reflection on its object from one particular standpoint, which is anyway one legitimate standpoint among others. ~ Hans Küng.

If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing, and if he could have wife and children, he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy certain sexual impulses with minors. ~ Hans Küng.


It considers this Jesus as ultimately decisive, definitive, archetypal for man in these various dimensions of his. ~ Hans Küng.

I am firmly convinced that there is life after death, not in a primitive sense but as the entry of my completely finite person into God’s infinity, as a transition into another reality beyond the dimension of space and time that pure reason can neither affirm nor deny. ~ Hans Küng.

Popular Hans Küng Quotes


That is the Roman way: to give favors to the favorites. ~ Hans Küng.

Even manifestly senseless suffering and death can have a meaning, can acquire a meaning. a hidden meaning. ~ Hans Küng.

God’s love does not protect us from suffering. God’s love protects us in the midst of suffering. ~ Hans Küng.


I like the catholicity in time: our tradition is one of 2,000 years. ~ Hans Küng.

However, if the religions in essence merely repeat statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, such a Declaration becomes superfluous; an ethic is more than rights. ~ Hans Küng.

In the event that my illness worsens, I want to have a guarantee that I can die in a dignified manner. Nowhere in the bible does it say that a person has to stick it out to the decreed end. No one tells us what decreed” means. ~ Hans Küng.


In the last resort, a love of God without love of humanity is no love at all. ~ Hans Küng.

I’m not saying goodbye to life because I’m a misanthropist or disdain this life, but because, for other reasons, it’s time to move on. ~ Hans Küng.

Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families. ~ Hans Küng.


It is not certain that everything is certain, neither is it certain that everything is uncertain. ~ Hans Küng.

Best Hans Küng Quotes

The Epistle to the Romans is an extremely important synthesis of the whole theology of St. Paul. ~ Hans Küng.


Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command. ~ Hans Küng.

And a third thing is the understanding of the Church as a community, a communion which is just a hierarchy but the people of God, whose servants are the priests and bishops. ~ Hans Küng.


Humanity today possesses sufficient economic, cultural and spiritual resources to introduce a better global order. ~ Hans Küng.

I don’t cling to earthly life because I believe in eternal life. That’s the big distinction between my point of view and a purely secular position. ~ Hans Küng.

There will be peace on earth when there is peace among the world religions. ~ Hans Küng.


There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions. ~ Hans Küng.

At the same time we are aware that our various religions and ethical traditions often offer very different bases for what is helpful and what is unhelpful for men and women, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil. ~ Hans Kung.

So these were the 37 top quotes about Hans Kung.

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