Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

The Karl Rahner Society Consultation

Administrative Team:

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

Convention Theme: Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation

Session Description:
The Karl Rahner Consultation invites proposals for papers to be given at the 2014 convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America with its theme of “Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation.” The Consultation is particularly interested in three aspects:

  1. Ecclesiology.  Rahner was interested in Roman Catholic intra-church unity and also in ecumenism and even inter-religious dialogue, as one can especially appreciate fifty years after his contributions to Vatican II.  How might his writings on these subjects be used constructively to address the convention theme?
  2. Trinity.  How might Rahner’s Trinitarian theology help us to negotiate questions of identity and difference, unity and fragmentation?
  3. Christology.  How might Rahner’s Christological writings, especially his unique rendering of the unity of Christ’s person, help us to engage questions of identity and difference, unity and fragmentation?

Proposals should be no more than 250 words in length. They should give the name and institution of all participants, as well as their contact information. Presenters will be asked for a 100-word précis of their paper to be used in the online CTSA program. Proposals should state any audio-visual equipment that will be required. The team member to whom the proposals should be submitted electronically is Mark F. Fischer ( The deadline for proposals is September 1. Presenters will be notified by September 14 whether their proposals have been accepted.