Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Yves Congar, O.P.: Legacy and Future Directions Interest Group

Administrative Team:

Julia Brumbaugh, Regis University (Denver) (Convener)
Rose Beal, St. Mary’s University (Minnesota)

Convention Theme: Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation

Session Description:
The Yves Congar Interest Group will meet for the first of three annual sessions at the 2014 CTSA convention. The group will consider Congar's theological contributions from two directions – one focusing on his historical legacy, the other investigating possible avenues for future theological inquiry inspired by Congar’s work. The intention is to foster reflection on the Second Vatican Council in the coming years by inviting close study of a major conciliar figure and the world and issues that informed his work; to open up avenues for future research into the relevance of Congar’s work beyond the context of the council; and to bring together for discussion and debate who may not otherwise find themselves in the same CTSA session.

With these goals in mind, we invite individual paper proposals or full panel proposals related to the convention theme of Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation. The anniversary of Vatican II’s degree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) is a great occasion for celebrating and learning from Yves Congar, who wrote of the ecumenical task: “Our business was to rotate the Catholic Church through a few degrees on its own axis in the direction of convergence toward others and a possible unanimity with them, in accordance with a deeper and closer fidelity to our unique source or our common sources” (Dialogue Between Christians, pg. 21). This interest group particularly invites proposals which address one or more of the following topics:

  • Historical perspectives on Congar’s role in early Catholic participation in the ecumenical movement.
  • Congar’s contribution to current conversations about ecumenism, diversity and communion, etc.
  • Congar’s theological method as it was informed or shaped by his ecumenical commitments.
  • The possibility of Congar’s contribution to current intra-Catholic struggles around identity.
  • Other topics relating to the legacy of Congar’s work or future directions in Congarian scholarship.

Information to be Included in Your Proposal:

  • Your paper proposal should be not more than 250 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Please provide your name and institution and contact information, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether you will be requiring A/V equipment.

Eligibility for Submitting Paper Proposals

  • 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. An exception is made for members of under-represented groups. Presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology are included in this rubric.

Deadline: September 1, 2013.  Please submit proposals to:  Julia Brumbau, Regis University (Denver)jbrumbau@regis.edu

You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2013.