Theologian Hans Küng on Pope Benedict 'A Putinization of the Catholic Church'

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Germany for a long-awaited visit. Prominent Swiss theologian Hans Küng explains to SPIEGEL why the papal visit will do little to help the crisis in the Church and compares Benedict to Vladimir Putin in the way he has centralized power.
Pope Benedict XVI. "The Church is sick, and it's the sickness of the Roman system," says theologian Hans Küng.

Pope Benedict XVI. "The Church is sick, and it's the sickness of the Roman system," says theologian Hans Küng.

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Interview conducted by Martin Doerry, Ulrich Schwarz and Peter Wensierski