This article is in keeping with the themes of the church’s relationship to culture in a ‘changing world’. The Catholic church, generally speaking, tends to reflect traditional views, and progressive views may tend to reflect cultural views, generally speaking, but the subject of this article appears to be a mediator between views which are traditional and views which are progressive. Here’s the article, from 2001.
Rev. Avery Dulles, an eminent American Catholic theologian and the son of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was one of thirty-seven cardinals appointed by Pope John Paul 2 recently.
He is now faced with the dilemma of wearing red garments after spending over forty years black-garbed as a Jesuit.
At 82, he has been the Laurence J. McGinley professor of religion and society at Fordham University in the Bronx since 1988. He is the author of twenty-one books and 650 articles and essays, with a theological edge.
While many Catholics and members of clergy have questioned the pope’s teachings on abortion, birth control, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women, Rev. Dulles has been a mediator in the United States between the divided camps. Although he has supported the pope, he stresses that opposing opinions be respected and explored.
[Published 2001, Challenge Weekly]