Friday, December 12, 2008

Nuestra Señora & Cardinal Dulles

For American Catholics, December 12 already was an important day being the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (An image of Nuestra Señora is shown above.)

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.

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