December 12, 2008

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Avery Cardinal Dulles, 1918–2008 (Joseph Bottum, December 12, 2008, First Things)

Word has reached us that Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., died here in New York early this morning.

Created cardinal for his theological work by John Paul II, Avery Dulles was one of the great figures of the twentieth century: a theologian, an intellectual, a teacher, a writer, a lecturer, and a kind and gentle man.

In his long life, he wrote more than 700 articles and twenty-two books, and it is hard to imagine how anyone today can fill the roles he played in the Catholic world and American public life. As the disease that took his life progressed, his final months were a trial that took away his powers to speak, write, and move. But he seemed, in those months, to live even more serenely, more spiritually, and more beautifully. May God welcome him home.


There's a nice collection of his essays for First Things, including this favorite: The Deist Minimum.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2008 1:17 PM
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