2013 Karl Rahner Consultation in Miami  

This year’s Rahner Consultation will feature three presentations reflecting gender issues, transcendental Christology, and conversion.  The Consultation takes place within the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, whose 2013 theme is “Conversion.”   Peter Fritz (College of the Holy Cross) will convene the Consultation, and Richard Penaskovic (Auburn University) will moderate it.  Summaries by the three presenters are printed below.  Click to learn about the 2012 Rahner Breakfast, which next year’s convention-goers may choose to attend.






Conversion on Gender Issues for Catholic Theology? 

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By Nancy Dallavalle, Fairfield University

Rahner’s work offers several starting points for Catholic theology’s necessary conversion on gender issues. First, his theology of the symbol sets the stage for a consideration of how “woman” functions in theological anthropology, an anthropology that, secondly, can undergird ecclesiology if seen in the light of the role of the laity proposed in Sacrosanctum Concilium.  Finally, Rahner’s approach to conversion itself makes possible an exploration of the intimacy of sexism, given his sense that conversion engages “…the whole human being in his fundamental relation to God, not merely a change of moral judgment and attitude in regard to a particular object.”


Rahner’s Transcendental Christology and Conversion to God

By Mark F. Fischer, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo

Rahner’s 1972 Christology is “transcendental” because it describes how people confidently can put their faith in Jesus Christ.  Transcendental refers to the conditions which precede faith and in that sense transcend it.  Transcendental Christology also explains how human beings transcend what they were in response to God’s Word.  Rahner claimed that his Christology prevents the assertions of traditional Christology from being dismissed as mythological.  Commentaries on Rahner’s Christology (McDermott 1986, Haight 1999, and Gelpi 2001) have underestimated or rejected its “transcendental” aspect.  This paper will weigh their claims and judge whether the Christology accomplishes what Rahner purported to do.


Karl Rahner’s “Last Will”

By Annemarie S. Kidder, Central School of Theology, Ann Arbor 

Toward the end of his life, Rahner had slipped into the role of Ignatius of Loyola in an essay titled “Speech of Ignatius of Loyola to a Modern-Day Jesuit.”  He later had called the Ignatius speech “a sort of last will and testament” and “a resume of my theology, in general, and of how I tried to live.”  The presentation, based on a new translation published by St. Augustine’s Press, will explore key themes of the speech as reflected in Rahner’s own theology, namely a concrete encounter and conversion experience with the living God, the nature of God, Ignatian spirituality, the role of  Jesus Christ in salvation history, and loyalty to the church.



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