Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., one of the most famous American converts to Catholicism in the first half of the twentieth century, and one of America's finest theologians of the second half, has died at the age of ninety.
Whispers in the Loggia reports:
Funeral arrangments are to be announced shortly, and later today will see the release of the customary telegram of condolence from the Pope, whose respect for Dulles was especially significant.
Cardinal Dulles wrote hundreds of articles and numerous books, and was working on yet another book when he died. I've benefited greatly from reading several of them, notably Models of the Church, The Assurance of Things Hoped For, Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith, and A History of Apologetics. The latter was published in 2005 by Ignatius Press, and I had the good fortune of interviewing Cardinal Dulles about it. I also had the good fortune and honor of meeting and conversing briefly with him on two occasions. Although rather stern in appearance (there was a certain Lincoln-esque quality in his tall, lean frame), he had a quick smile, and his humility and humor were obvious.
May God grant him peace and blessed repose.
First Things has a note and a listing of his many articles for that magazine.
The New York Times has a fairly long article on Cardinal Dulles' life and death.
Amy Welborn links to a short (.45) but fascinating clip of footage from Dulles' ordination in 1956.