But, this morning, the day took on a new significance with the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., at the age of 90.
The cardinal, one of America’s great theologians, died at Murray-Weigel Hall on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx, where he was the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society. The scion of a prominent U.S. political family (Dulles International Airport is named for his father), he received the rarest of Catholic honors – he was named a cardinal without having first been a bishop or archbishop.
Fr. Jim Martin, S.J., has a lovely reflection on some time he spent with Cardinal Dulles. Mike has a good story, too.