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Karl Rahner manuscripts

 Collection — Shared box: 7087, Folder: 1-5
Collection MS-2013-036: Karl Rahner manuscripts


  • Creation: 1951 - 1959


Consists of mimeograph copies of typescripts of De Gratia Christi (third edition, 1951) and De Deo Creante et Elevante (1953) by German Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, accompanied by a letter from John D. Gerkin to Father John Foley commenting on them (1959).


Language of Materials

Manuscripts are mostly in Latin with some German. Correspondence is in English.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Karl Rahner (1904-1984) was a German Jesuit priest and influential Roman Catholic theologian.

Father John Ignatius Foley (d. 2001) received his bachelor's degree (1936) and master's degree in philosophy (1953) from Boston College. He was ordained in 1941 and served as an Army Chaplain during World War II, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Colonel.

John D. Gerken (1924-2009) entered the Jesuit order after high school and was ordained in 1955. He taught theology at John Carroll University (1960-1968) but left the priesthood to work for General Motors as a management trainer in 1969. He wrote three books: Toward a Theology of the Layman (1961); An American Ethic (1995); and Youth and Integrity (2003).


Hebard, Barbara Ann. "Biographical notes on Father John Ignatius Foley." October 22, 2013.

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Obituary. February 14, 2009.


.5 Linear Feet (1 container )


Gift of Barbara Adams Hebard.

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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States