Cardinal Avery Dulles

As you may have heard, Avery Dulles, SJ died this past week.  Fr. Dulles was a Cardinal of the Church, made so by Pope John Paul II in 2001.  He was a Cardinal, yet not a bishop as are nearly all other Cardinals.  He was an American, who was a stellar theologian in many areas, truly a one of the kind.  I read his book on the models of the Church a few years ago, and have read several of his articles since.  He will be sorely missed by us who love theology and the Church.

In his final lecture at Fordham, entitled “A Life in Theology”, he spoke of his illness, and how he understood it as part of the full experience of human life, and its value in light of the Gospel.  He identified with the paralyzed and the mute in the Gospels.

How well his words echo the message of Dignitas Personae, the message of the dignity of each human life regardless of circumstances.  All life reflects the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord!

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2 Responses to Cardinal Avery Dulles

  1. Scott says:

    There are other cardinals who are not bishops, all of whom, like Cardinal Dulles, were elevated to the Sacred College for their theological work. The person to accecp the red hat on condition he not be consecrated a bishop was Yves Congar, OP. Another current cardinal who is not a bishop is Dulles’ fellow Jesuit Albert Vanhoye, S.J.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Scott! I hadn’t heard of Vanhoye, and I was unaware Conger was made a cardinal.

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