The Tuesday Ear Tickler award is Solemn Charge’s weekly recognition of teachers who “Tickle the Ears” of those who “no longer endure sound doctrine”. In the spirit of 2 Timothy 4 2-4, this award serves to identify theological or doctrinal errors, dissent or hostility toward the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, or writing that undermines the purpose of each human soul – to know love and serve God so as to enjoy eternal happiness with Him in Heaven. I make no judgment of the writer’s intentions. Usually the winner of this award was raised in the 60’s so that right there is a mitigating factor toward their culpability for their actions. I do judge concrete actions and the quality of ideas, however…

Today’s winner is Hans Küng, the longtime adversary of the authentic teachings of the Church. Küng gave an interview with The Guardian, in which he called for open rebellion and revolution against the magisterium. Yep, that is a good way to earn yourself an Ear Tickler Award. Here are some of his more interesting assertions. (Küng’s comments in the red quote boxes, my comments in black.)

"The unconditional obedience demanded of bishops who swear their allegiance to the pope when they make their holy oath is almost as extreme as that of the German generals who were forced to swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler," he said.

Küng takes exception with the fact that the Catholic Church asks its bishops to be Catholic. Imagine that! Furthermore, he compares the Catholic Church to the Nazis! Generally, when you make a comparison with the Nazis, you have run out of significant points to make. The first problem with this comparison is that the Nazis were bad, forcing their soldier to swear loyalty to an evil institution. The Catholic Church on the other hand is good. It is the Church that Jesus Christ established. If the Church is so bad, as Küng proposes, why is he a member of it?

"The rules for choosing bishops are so rigid that as soon as candidates emerge who, say, stand up for the pill, or for the ordination of women, they are struck off the list."

So basically, Küng would like dissidents to be placed in positions of great influence in the Church. This is like asking the fire department to promote someone who advocates arson, or a bank to give the keys to the vault to a shoplifter. Look - if you are way out in in left field, you have no business leading a flock of believers. If you disagree with the Church’s teachings, you should probably assume that your positions are harmful to yourself, someone else, or the Church as a whole. How arrogant must you be to think that you have more wisdom than the teachings of Christ’s Church?

"The only way for reform is from the bottom up," said Küng, 84, who is a priest. "The priests and others in positions of responsibility need to stop being so subservient, to organise themselves and say that there are certain things that they simply will not put up with anymore."

So, who do you think Küng would want to be pope, then? My money is on Küng himself. Unless of course, he thinks we should do away with that pesky successor of Peter business and be more like the Unitarians. Never mind the Bible, the 2000 years of truth and Tradition. Never mind the institutions Christ established for the salvation of souls.

I hereby award the Tuesday Ear Tickler Award for Tuesday, October 9, 2012 to Hans Küng.