Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Comparative Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Bede Benjamin Bidlack (Convener)
Christian Krokus
Aimee Upjohn Light

Convention Theme: Justice & Mercy

Session Description: This session will honor Rev. James L. Fredericks (Loyola Marymount University) and his seminal contributions to comparative theology. We invite papers that critically engage and explore ways of developing prominent themes in the work of James L. Fredericks, including but not limited to interreligious friendship, interreligious learning, Buddhist-Christian comparative theology (other interfaces impacted by Fredericks are also welcome), and comparative theological method. We encourage newer members to the CTSA and the comparative theology group to submit proposals. Fr. Fredericks, himself, will respond to the panel.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Preference will be given to panel proposals:
    • Please limit panel proposals to two papers.
    • Fr. Fredericks will respond to the panel.
  • Panel proposals should not be more than 600 words; individual proposals should be no more than 250 words.
  • Submissions should include:
    • The name and institution of all participants
    • A 100 word précis for the online program
    • Any audio-visual needs
  • Submit proposals and questions to Bede Bidlack at


  • CTSA members can submit proposals. If accepted, all participants on a panel must be members in good standing in order to present.
  • Non-members may participate only with the permission of the President-Elect.
  • No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention. An exception is made for members of under‐represented groups, not including presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology.
  • A new CTSA rule stipulates that a member may not present more than two years in a row.


  • Submissions must be in by September 1, 12:59pm EST
  • Submitters will be notified of the committee’s decision by September 14.