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Certainly, Rahner’s ideas-thinking-writings had, have and will continue to have a big impact on the modern Catholic Church. He was quite the theologian and philosopher, and respect is certainly due him for his hard work and dedication to the Church.
From what I’ve read, though, he is a bit of a “mixed bag” when it comes to judging his overall orthodoxy. Like a number of influential Catholic minds of the past 50 years, he seems to have become caught up in a “progressivism” that saw Vatican II, and the era surrounding V2, as a true point of departure (and perhaps, more importantly, as an opportunity for departure) for Catholic thought and religion, from what it had been for the past 19+ centuries.
What is my “meter stick” for orthodoxy? For practical purposes, I would suggest that any given Catholic teacher/theologian/philosopher/writer’s stuff be compared with the teaching collected in the 5 most influential Catholic catechisms of the past 1000 years. Do his or her positions fit within the spectrum of thought provided by the catechism-collection? The degree to which they do or don’t could, I think, be a measure of the overall orthodoxy or heterodoxy of the individual in question.
The catechisms I have in mind are:
(1) the “Aquinas Catechism”
(2) the Catechism of the Council of Trent (a.ka. the Roman Catechism)
(3) the Baltimore Catechism (teacher’s edition, or “level 4”)
(4) the Catechism of Pope Pius X.
(5) the current Catechism of the Catholic Church
Please see the Nazareth Master Catechism for more information.
Also, the following articles might be helpful for giving you a feel for some of the positives and negatives regarding Rahner’s work:
Retrieving Rahner for Orthodox Catholicism
The Century after Rahner
Non-Infallibility: The Papacy And Rahner
Modern Misconceptions About the Eucharist
Private Revelations: Some Theological Observations by Karl Rahner, S.J.
Ratzinger assistant clears Rahner orthodoxy doubts
Re-examining Karl Rahner’s Legacy: Congress Marks the Centenary of Theologian’s Birth
I hope this is in someway useful to you, caroljm36.
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
IC XC NIKA