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

His Words and His Witness

Ann-Marie Kirmse

Publication Year: 2011

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 monumentalfigures 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.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xiv

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...

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pp. xv-xx

Fordham University stands as the bookends surrounding the beginning and the end of the long and influential academic career of Avery Dulles. He came to Fordham as Mr. Avery Dulles, S.J., a Jesuit regent, to teach philosophy in the fall of 1951. He ended that...

Part I: Cardinal Dulles’s Legacy in His Words

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pp. 1-2

Choate School Writings

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pp. 3-4


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pp. 5-11

Articles and Essays

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pp. 12-64

Reviews and Letters to the Editor

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pp. 65-82

Forewords, Introductions, and Translations of Other Authors’ Works

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pp. 83-86

Part II: Cardinal Dulles’s Legacy in His Witness

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pp. 87-88

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Lecture to Sodality Alumni

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pp. 89-95

September 21, 1952
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...

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Farewell Address as McGinley Professor

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pp. 96-102

Laurence J. McGinley Lecture
April 1, 2008
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...

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Response to Farewell Address

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pp. 103-110

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...

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The Last Days of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

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pp. 111-123

Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse, O.P., Ph.D., was Avery Dulles’s research associate and executive assistant, August 1988–December 2008.
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...

Homily at the Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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pp. 124-129

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Homily at the Mass of Christian Burial in Auriesville

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pp. 130-134

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...

E-ISBN-13: 9780823249503
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823239603
Print-ISBN-10: 0823239608

Page Count: 152
Illustrations: 1
Publication Year: 2011