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German theologian urges bishops to disobey pope

BERLIN (AP) - German theologian Hans Kueng is urging bishops to disobey the pope and push for reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.

The 82-year-old former colleague and friend of Pope Benedict XVI says the church is in its deepest crisis since the Protestant Reformation after recent revelations of sexual abuse by clergy and the ensuing erosion of trust.

Kueng, a veteran of the Second Vatican Council, says in an editorial that bishops should call for a new synod to discuss reforms.

He says it's legitimate for bishops to pressure Roman authorities if the pope blocks their efforts. The bishops should not be "actors without voice or rights."

The editorial also appeared in the New York Times.

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