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Evangelicals Lose Ecumenical Friend in Catholic Theologian's Death (Updated)


Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., best known among evangelicals for his ecumenical work with Evangelicals and Catholics Together, died at 6:30 this morning at a Jesuit infirmary in Bronx, New York, first reported by In All Things, the blog of national Catholic weekly America. His health had been failing from the effects of childhood polio. He was 90 years old.

Dulles was widely considered to be one of America's top Catholic theologians, rising to the position of cardinal in 2001 without having first been a bishop, and was personally visited by Pope Benedict XVI in April.

An account of Dulles' ascendancy to cardinal can be found here. Collections of Dulles' work can be found here and here.

Update: Reactions from ECT evangelicals.

Dulles was the preeminent Catholic theologian in North America for generations and deeply informed Catholic, evangelical and ecumenical theology, said Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School and longtime participant in Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT).

"It's ...

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