Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Rahner Consultation

Administrative Team:

Mark F. Fischer, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo (Convener)
Nancy Dallavalle, Fairfield University
Peter J. Fritz, College of the Holy Cross
Richard Lennan, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Richard Penaskovic, Auburn University
Paulette Skiba, Clarke University

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
The Karl Rahner Society invites proposals for papers at the 2015 Rahner Consultation on the theme “Sensus Fidelium.” Although Rahner only infrequently used the term sensus fidelium, he addressed the processes of faith in a variety of publications, highlighting the foundation of faith in uncreated grace, i.e., God’s own self-communication to human beings. In the context of the Church, Rahner argued that the divine self-gift has formed human beings into a people of God, within which the Spirit, “the element of dynamic unrest,” operates through both a visible structure and personal charisms. Rahner treated the sensus fidelium as the “supernatural sense of the faith” (Lumen Gentium12), a sense that resides in the hearts of faithful people and responds to the “signs of the times.” The Spirit-led faith of believers is primary, and finds expression in the Church’s official teaching and in theology. Proposals for papers should illuminate and interpret Rahner’s teaching on these or other aspects of the sensus fidelium.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal should be between 200 and 500 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Include full name and contact information of all participants, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether your presenters will be requiring A/V equipment. 
  • CTSA guidelines require that those making proposals ordinarily be associate or full members in good standing with their dues paid up.  Anyone with an associate or full membership application on file can also submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming June convention. 
  • No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention, with the exception of members of under-represented groups.

Deadline: September 1, 2014.  Please submit proposals toMark Fischer at
You will be notified whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.