Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Comparative Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Thomas Cattoi, Santa Clara University (convenor)
Bede Bidlack, Saint Anselm College
Christian Krokus, University of Scranton

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
Topic: Beyond Nostra Aetate? The reception of the conciliar teaching on the church’s relationship with non-Christian religions in the global Church. Was Nostra Aetate ever fully received? Is Nostra Aetate still relevant for the Church today, fifty years after its promulgation?

2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Nostra Aetate, which signalled the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the Catholic Church and the non-Christian religions. Fifty years after the conclusion of the council, interreligious dialogue has become part and parcel of the church’s life, but the modalities and the purpose of such dialogue remain highly contested. While some argue that the prescriptions of Nostra Aetate are no longer adequate to meet the challenges of an increasingly multicultural and multi-religious society, other voices in the Church express some reservations, asking whether interreligious dialogue is a real priority for a Church facing intensifying secularization and religious indifference.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal should be between 200 to 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 to: Thomas Cattoi at
You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.