Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P.
Function:
Archbishop of Wien, Austria
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Gesù Divin Lavoratore
Birthdate:
Jan 22, 1945
Country:
Austria
Elevated:
Feb 21, 1998
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English Between Rahner and Balthasar
Sept 12, 2004
“Balthasar starts from God’s manifestation, Rahner from the human desire for God’s coming. But of course they were close and different at the same time. Certainly, the two approaches are complementary.”

(The Tablet, 17 April 2004) I asked Schönborn how he saw the difference in worldview between the two theologians. “The difference, I would say, is, do we start from the presentation of Christian revelation or do we start from the human heart longing for meaning, the meaning of life?” he says.

“Balthasar starts from God’s manifestation, Rahner from the human desire for God’s coming. But of course they were close and different at the same time. Certainly, the two approaches are complementary.”

“The twentieth century as the century of martyrs is not sufficiently expressed only by the natural desire of God as the starting point, as Rahner takes it,” says Schönborn. “It’s much more dramatic. What Balthasar opposed to Rahner was the drama of salvation: it has cost the life of God’s Son. It’s a costly grace. You cannot move from man to God without the narrow door of the Cross – that was Balthasar’s insistence.”
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