Fr. Hans Kung promoted a new Catholic Church completely different than the Catholic Church prior to the end of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict XVI along with Pope St. John Paul II promoted the Catholic Church in continuity with its 2000 years history, what Pope Benedict would famously call, "reform in continuity."
Pope Francis is stealthy. The battle was not won and the wolves of the Kung ideology tried to destroy Pope Benedict's papacy with the help of the hateful liberal press. The reams of documents publicly given to Pope Francis by Pope Benedict (pictured below) highlighted the depth of the crisis in the Catholic Church and the Vatican and how insidious the left or heterodox are as represented symbolically by Hans Kung.
Pope Francis' tactic is stealthy and I think this European blogger captures it succinctly!!!:::
When the Faith is proclaimed, a German bishop cries:
As well they should. They’ve overplayed their hand. They should have settled for the continuing, incremental slide into indeterminancy, but Pope Francis (wittingly or unwittingly) drew them out from their cultural cover. Check the old story of the “feigned retreat” at the Battle of Hastings. Now that it’s open warfare, they lose.Or as a Roman Emperor was once rumoured to have said, “Let all the poison that lurks in the mud hatch out.
(Above commentary by Hilary White is an Anglo-Canadian, who started researching, writing and lobbying in the political end of the pro-life movement in 1999, moved to Rome in 2008 and covered Vatican and European news related to "life and family issues" from a Catholic perspective until May 2015. She lives with her three cats and garden in the Peaceable Kingdom of Norcia, in Umbria, where she chants Vespers in Latin every day, and refuses to go to Rome for any reason whatsoever. She hopes the world does not end before she can get the last of the tomatoes in.)
My final comments: Progressives in the Church have always promoted the "sense of the Faithful" (sensuum fidelium) when it suits them, meaning the Faithful oppose this, that or the other concerning Catholic morality and thus the Magisterium should follow their lead and let the dissenting Faithful "bring them around."
In an interview with Fox, Father Thomas Reese of the NCR shows his hypocrisy and that of the progressive wing of the Church when he chastises the "sensuum fidelium" of African laity and its culture which upholds the Church's teaching on unnatural sex and marriage. Yet, Father Reese holds up an African bishop who is open to western views on this as one who is "trying to bring his people around." Of course Fr. Reese is spinning the particular African bishop of whom he speaks and actually misrepresenting him. But what the heck!