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!