Who was the most influential theologian of the Second Vatican Council?

Paul Hypher

The German Jesuit Karl Rahner (1904-84) made a profound contribution to Catholic theology in the twentieth century. This article considers his role as a theologian at the Second Vatican Council. Paul Hypher, a retired priest of the diocese of East Anglia, was taught by Karl Rahner from 1956-62 in Innsbruck.

Klaus Wittstadt describes Karl Rahner as ?undoubtedly the most influential theologian at the Council?.1 O?Malley backs Congar for this distinction2. Some of Rahner?s afficionados claimed Rahner ?was the most significant theologian at Vatican II?, even ?the Holy Ghost-writer of Vatican II?.3

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