Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Feminist Theologian Anne Carr Dies

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Feminist Theologian Anne Carr Dies

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By NCR STAFF

Feminist theologian and expert on Karl Rahner and Thomas Merton, Sr. Anne Carr died at her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago Feb. 11. She was 73.

Carr was professor emerita of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she taught for 30 years. She was the first woman and the first member of a religious order appointed to the school's permanent faculty.

Her major publications were The Theological Method of Karl Rahner, Transforming Grace: Christian Tradition and Women's Experience and Thomas Merton's Theology of the Self. When Carr retired from the university in 2003, David Tracy of the Divinity School called her a founding mother of Christian feminist theology. Of Transforming Grace, Tracy wrote, "In that amazing book, she never hesitated to expose me sexism of the Christian tradition, as well as to retrieve overlooked resources of the experience and theology of women."

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An NCR review of that book when it was published in 1988 credited Carr with helping move feminist theology "from a focus on women's ministry and ordination to feminist exploration of the full range of Christian symbols to Christian feminist theology."

Carr entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque, Iowa, in 1958, taking final vows in 1966. Before that, she taught kindergarten in the Chicago Public Schools for two years. …

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