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October 13, 2010


Spirit of Vatican II

See also "Rahner and Metaphysics," in Padraic Conway and Fainche Ryan, eds, Karl Rahner: Theologian for the Twenty-first Century, Peter Lang, 2010.

Brian Gallagher

As usual, recognition of others as "anonymous Christians" will only be a play to extend Rome's bid as chaplain to the powerful.
Think how many Catholics today are less welcome in their own parish churches than spokesmen for the millions seen through the lens of romantic orientalism. If the powerful were really considering Rahner's 'anonymous Christian' and not simply the 'godly powerful', they would think excommunication of their fellow Christians absurd.

I'm sorry, Joseph, but that moment of world collegial religiosity revealed its weakness as being a moment only for the educated and motivated elites. There were no peoples' prophets nor in our age of expertise should we expect them.

Sorry to rain on your parade. I too like reading and reading about Rahner but he will never be used in a Church council (if there ever is such a thing again).
What a ridiculous spectacle a 21st Century Ecumenical Council would be! The most benign such council would be to regulate the date of Easter. The whole world would laugh and not just in multicultural places like the US but anyone who realizes that the trajectory of the round Earth around the yellow Sun probably has little to due with pleasing God. Any radical theological conclusions made by such a Council would fall flat to a public mind that has long since moved on from those positions.

Spirit of Vatican II

But Rahner had his moment of glory and influence at Vatican II; I don't see why we should expect a future Council to use him as well.

I don't see how you can foresee the potential composition, dimensions, interreligious and ecumenical texture of the next Ecumenical Council, if there is one.

I don't buy your disjunction of interreligious theology from liberation theology -- some of the most active proponents of the latter are also adherents of the former: Aloys Pieris, Paul Knitter. Of course liberation theology may seem just a spent force or a shadowy academic dream, and interreligious theology may seem the same; indeed it is a favorite armchair practice of academic philosophers. But all that could change, if the poverty of sectarianism and navel-gazing were to dawn on our churches. After all, no one expected anything like Vatican II back in the 1950s.


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