Karl Rahner, Vatican II, Pope Francis, subsidiarity, synod
This paper is an exploration of Karl Rahner’s theology, his relationship to Vatican II, and the legacy of the council. In it, I examine not only Rahner’s role in the council but also the way in which his thinking has helped move the church from a Eurocentric, hierarchical institution, concerned mainly with its own sense of authority and holiness, to a more collegial, global church that embraced its identity as a community of sinners. First, I examine the sources behind the council texts, specifically Rahner’s transcendental Thomist background, as well as his specific understanding of grace and the role of Jesus Christ. Next, I explain Rahner’s role in the council, as well as the myriad ways his theology permeates and influences the documents Lumen Gentium, Dei Verbum, and Gaudium et Spes. Finally, I examine how Pope Francis’ leadership style and his embrace of subsidiarity and synodality are the direct legacies of Rahner and the Vatican II council’s influence on the modern church.
"Karl Rahner and Vatican II: A Sacramental Vision of the Church,"
Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies: Vol. 6:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/saysomethingtheological/vol6/iss1/6