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UK    PM BLAIR MEETS WITH CONTROVERSIAL THEOLOGIAN
Swiss-born theologian Hans Kung visited Downing Street at the weekend, where he and Prime Minister Blair exchanged compliments about each other's role in promoting a progressive but critical stance on globalisation.
    Kung praised Blair for his thoughts on the future of an international community and the Prime Minister returned the compliment, highlighting the professor's lecture in London as being the "best piece of writing on globalisation I have ever seen".
    Some years ago, the 72 year old Kung was stripped of his right to teach theology in Catholic institutions, by Pope John Paul II. He continued his career outside Catholic structures, and turned his attention to globalisation after his retirement in 1996.
    Blair's recent speech on globalisation was clearly influenced by Kung's thought. He stressed the need for managing - rather than resisting or ignoring - global change, and developing the idea of an international community.
   
Times
   
3 July 00



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