Last week Pope Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude for Avery Cardinal Dulles’ life and work , and his condolences on his recent death. In a letter to New York’s Cardinal Egan, the Holy Father wrote:
Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, I offer you my heartfelt condolences, which I ask you kindly to convey to his family, his confreres in the society of Jesus, and the academic community of Fordham University. I join you in commending the late cardinal’s noble soul to God, the Father of Mercies, with immense gratitude for the deep learning, serene judgment, and unfailing love of the Lord and his Church which marked his entire priestly ministry and his long years of teaching and theological research. At the same time I pray that his convincing personal testimony to the harmony of faith and reason will continue to bear fruit for the conversion of minds and hearts and the progress of the Gospel for many years to come. To all who mourn him in the hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
May he rest in the peace that surpasses understanding, and may his theological witness and intercession lead us to that same peace.