I have only just read in Zenit of the death of Avery Cardinal Dulles, the man whom Pope Benedict called “Herr Professor”.
His wisdom and guidance has been a gift to the Church, recognised by Pope John Paul II in making him a cardinal of the Church of Rome.
As Zenit reports, Robert Imbelli, associate professor of theology at Boston College, wrote that:
“Unlike other theologians of the 1970s and 1980s, Dulles never neglected the fact that the mystery of the Church always refers to the greater mystery: Jesus Christ himself, who alone is the light of the world.
“In a time when some theologians seemed to stress one-sidedly the horizontal and this-worldly dimension, Dulles insisted that we must not lose the radical sense of God’s transcendence.”
As the good book says: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth. They rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!” (Rev 14:13). Cardinal Dulles’ “labours” will remain a treasury for us long after his passing. If you are unfamiliar with his works, it is not too late to become familiar with them. You can start here.
Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.