Hans Kung is planning to take his life. Or so he said in an interview last week in the British Catholic weekly, The Tablet. Kung is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, and polyarthritis in his hands. Determined not to go gentle into that good night, he has apparently decided that he will at some point travel to Switzerland in order to be assisted in committing suicide. His reasoning is threefold: he does not wish to live when there is no quality of life; his life is a gift from God and he intends to give it back to God; and death, like birth, is “our own responsibility.”It's not at all surprising that the traitor and heretic Hans Kung wants to spit in the face of the Church that foolishly gave him his livelihood one last time. The Catholic Church used to be pretty clear on this matter: suicides go directly to hell. As is the custom among the bishops these days, they've seized upon a remote exception that could possibly mitigate the consequences and strenuously try to make it the rule: mortal sin requires consent of the will, but anyone who contemplates suicide is prima facie not in their right mind. If Kung follows through with his plan, I've no doubt that his funeral Mass will see the priest in white vestments complete with Alleluias and the Gloria.
I sincerely pray he changes his mind and that he repents of his lifetime of treachery before the end. If he does, then we should rejoice in God's mercy that surpasses all understanding. And if he dies as an unrepentant heretic, then we should tremble at God's justice which is no respecter of worldly success.