The Legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: His Words and His Witness

The Legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: His Words and His Witness

Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: Fordham University Press
Pages: 152
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    The Legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: His Words and His Witness
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    In his nearly 50-year career teaching philosophy and theology at Fordham and other distinguished universities, Cardinal Avery Dulles wrote and traveled extensively, writing 25 books and more than 800 articles, book reviews, forewords, introductions, and letters to the editor, translated into at least 14 languages and distributed worldwide. This work serves as a companion to the previous volume of McGinley Lectures, published as Church and Society (Fordham, 2008), and also provides an independent research guide for scholars, theologians, and anyone interested in American Catholicism in the decades immediately before and following the Second Vatican Council. From his poems and reflections composed in prep school where he first crossed paths with John Fitzgerald Kennedy (with whom he would graduate from Harvard in 1940) to a private meeting in his last days arranged at Pope Benedict XVI's personal request, the book explores a theological topography that includes truly monumental figures and events of the modern era. As the product of perhaps the most influential American Catholic theologian in history, Dulles's writings continue to inspire and shape the way theology has been studied and practiced in academic institutions throughout the United States and the world. Having worked closely with Cardinal Dulles, the editors have compiled an exhaustive bibliography of his works and have included a series of essays that shed light on the twilight of his life, one that intersects with ecclesiastical, theological, philosophical, and political leaders of every stripe and worldview. Contributions include Dulles's farewell lecture as McGinley Professor of Religion and Society with a stirring response by Robert Imbelli; a reflection on the Cardinal's last days by longtime research assistant Anne-Marie Kirmse, O.P.; and the moving homily given at his funeral by Edward Cardinal Egan. The book also chronicles Cardinal Dulles's relationship with Fordham University, where he began his academic career as a Jesuit regent, teaching philosophy (1951 53), and where, for the last twenty years of his life, he held an endowed chair named in honor of a former president of Fordham, Laurence J. McGinley, S.J. This text will serve as a liminal passageway into the splendid mansion of Dulles's thought for theologians, scholars, believers, and all thinking men and women of goodwill.

    eISBN: 978-0-8232-4950-3
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick

    I first had the privilege of meeting Avery Dulles when he was a young scholastic and came to Fordham University in the 1950s. I say young because, even though he was much older than we were, he had the gift of being able to be part of our life and he always knew how to find the words to be helpful even if we did not always perceive the depth of his conversation.

    In those days, Fordham College had two sodalities. One was for juniors and seniors and the other for the lowerclassmen. It was 1952 and I was prefect...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xv-xx)
    Anne-Marie Kirmse and Michael M. Canaris
  5. Part I. Cardinal Dulles’s Legacy in His Words
  6. Part II. Cardinal Dulles’s Legacy in His Witness
    • Lecture to Sodality Alumni
      (pp. 89-95)
      Avery Dulles

      I am very happy to be able to talk to this group. My relatively large number of years as a layman gave me some opportunity to observe, from a layman’s point of view, the enormous possibilities of the apostolate of laymen by laymen. As you will hear from me in a few minutes, in my own journey to the faith I was completely out of contact with the clergy but was greatly helped by several apostolic laymen such as yourselves. While in the navy during World War II, I saw a great deal of heroic devotion and Catholicity in a...

    • Farewell Address as McGinley Professor
      (pp. 96-102)
      Avery Cardinal Dulles

      It is a matter of surprise that I have occupied the Laurence J. McGinley Chair in Religion and Society for twenty years. When I reached the statutory retirement age at The Catholic University of America in 1988, I received several academic offers. As a Jesuit, I consulted my provincial superior as to which I should accept, and he replied that I should await an offer from Fordham that was still in the making. In another month I received a letter from Father Joseph O’Hare, the president of Fordham, inviting me to be the first holder of this new professorship named...

    • Response to Farewell Address A LABOR OF LOVE
      (pp. 103-110)
      Robert P. Imbelli

      It is a great privilege to be here with you this evening: to be with the many friends and admirers of Cardinal Dulles, and to offer these words in deep appreciation and gratitude for all that he has been for us, all that he has shared with us as priest, as theologian, and as friend.

      It would be negligent of me not to express heartfelt thanks to two collaborators of the cardinal who have worked tirelessly to make this evening possible: Mrs. Maureen Noone, who has been a mainstay in the office of the McGinley Professor for the past six...

    • The Last Days of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
      (pp. 111-123)
      Anne-Marie Kirmse

      During his remarks at the McGinley Lecture of spring 2007, Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, announced that he was commissioning the publication of all the McGinley Lectures that Cardinal Dulles had delivered in the course of his almost twenty years as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at the university. The holder of the McGinley Chair is expected to give a public lecture twice a year, and Cardinal Dulles had done so since he came to assume that position in fall 1988. There was only one exception. In spring 1994 he had unexpected...

    • Homily at the Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
      (pp. 124-129)
      Edward Cardinal Egan

      Your Eminences: William Cardinal Keeler, Adam Cardinal Maida, Frances Cardinal George, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, and Sean Cardinal O’Malley

      Your Excellency, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Your Excellency, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations

      My Brother Archbishop and Bishops

      Reverend Fathers and Brothers of the Society of Jesus

      Beloved Clergy and Religious

      Dear Relatives of Cardinal Dulles, and

      Friends—each and every one:

      First of all, I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the friends, admirers, and especially the relatives of His Eminence, Avery Cardinal Dulles. Also, I want...

    • Homily at the Mass of Christian Burial in Auriesville
      (pp. 130-134)
      Patrick J. Ryan

      The burial of the dead is more than a corporal work of mercy urged on us as Christians. It is an ancient sacred tradition not only of the Jewish people but also of the ancient Greeks. In the Greek Old Testament Book of Tobit, the eponymous hero of the tale, an exile in Assyria, gets into trouble for burying fellow Jews in Nineveh. The crime of Antigone in the play of Sophocles was that she carried out the burial rites for her brother, Polyneices, against the will of her tyrant-uncle, Creon.

      In the general area of this Shrine of the...