Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr's Ecclesial Relationship
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1049, pages 50–63, January 2013
How to Cite
Sutton, M. L. (2013), Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr's Ecclesial Relationship. New Blackfriars, 94: 50–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2012.01499.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2012
- Catholic Mysticism;
- Hans Urs von Balthasar;
- Adrienne von Speyr;
- Theology of Mission;
- Theology of Charism;
- Theology of Holy Saturday
Many systematic theologians acknowledge the relationship between Hans Urs von Balthasar, the significant twentieth-century Catholic theologian, and Adrienne von Speyr, the Swiss physician and Catholic mystic. There is, however, difficulty understanding the actual character and purpose of this relationship. I argue in this paper that Paul's theology of charism, particularly dealing with double mission charisms, will help us understand correctly the ecclesial relationship between von Balthasar and von Speyr. After an overview of von Balthasar's statements regarding the relationship and the three main interpretations of it, I offer my own interpretation of this relationship by using Paul's theology of charism. The ramifications will be a reinterpretation of central aspects of von Balthasar's theology including but not limited to his theology of Holy Saturday, Trinitarian theology, and theology of the communion of saints.