Cardinal Dulles, Dean of American Theologians, Passes Away

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Word from New York brings the sad news that Avery Dulles SJ — the celebrated convert, teacher, prolific author, first American theologian and US Jesuit elevated to the College of Cardinals, the dean of American theologians and a giant of the age — passed to his reward overnight.

Having suffered from a crippling post-polio syndrome in recent years, the Harvard man and scion of a Washington dynasty was 90. Yet even in the face of the illness’ physical toll, the ever hard-charging Navy vet — who usually traveled alone even into his late 80s — was still working away on a 32nd book in his last weeks.

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