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Sunday, December 14, 2008

His Eminence Avery Robert Cardinal Dulles, S.J. -- RIP

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.

Amen.

Here is a roundup of thoughts on Cdl. Dulles' passing:

Whispers in the Loggia

Jimmy Akin

American Papist

InsightScoop

First Things (lots of great links)

America Magazine (ditto)

The New York Times (it is actually pretty good, even if it is -- inevitably -- NYTish and therefore does contain some of the eye-rollingly expected things)

It is important to note two things about Cdl. Dulles of blessed memory:

1- L'Osservatore Romano has run THREE full-on articles -- usually it's just a reprint of the telegram and a sentence or two that given cardinal's life -- on him and his passing, and

2- He was the only person whom the Pope specifically requested to meet on his trip to the USA.

And here is the Papal Telegram of Condolence's text:

HAVING LEARNED WITH SADNESS OF THE DEATH OF CARDINAL AVERY DULLES, I OFFER YOU MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES, WHICH I ASK YOU KINDLY TO CONVEY TO HIS FAMILY, HIS CONFRERES IN THE SOCIETY OF JESUS AND THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY OF FORDHAM UNIVERSITY. I JOIN YOU IN COMMENDING THE LATE CARDINAL’S NOBLE SOUL TO GOD, THE FATHER OF MERCIES, WITH IMMENSE GRATITUDE FOR THE DEEP LEARNING, SERENE JUDGMENT AND UNFAILING LOVE OF THE LORD AND HIS CHURCH WHICH MARKED HIS ENTIRE PRIESTLY MINISTRY AND HIS LONG YEARS OF TEACHING AND THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH. AT THE SAME TIME I PRAY THAT HIS CONVINCING PERSONAL TESTIMONY TO THE HARMONY OF FAITH AND REASON WILL CONTINUE TO BEAR FRUIT FOR THE CONVERSION OF MINDS AND HEARTS AND THE PROGRESS OF THE GOSPEL FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. TO ALL WHO MOURN HIM IN THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION I CORDIALLY IMPART MY APOSTOLIC BLESSING AS A PLEDGE OF CONSOLATION AND PEACE IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
I have a sneaking suspicion we won't fully realize just what a colossus we have lost for some time.

Cdl. Dulles, ora pro nobis.

AMDG,

-J.