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Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Engages with the Question: What Contributions Have American Catholic Theologians Made to the Church at Large?
Cardinal Avery Dulles discusses his belief that, in general, American Catholic theologians have made almost no contributions to the Catholic Church at large by speaking about American Catholics’ dependence on European theologians and European education. He then speaks about Americanism, a phenomenon that took place during the end of the nineteenth century that condemned modernism in the Catholic Church. However, he also mentions Pope John Paul II’s enthusiasm regarding the separation of church and state in America. He names Catholicism’s relative acceptance of capitalism as resulting from America’s involvement with the Church.
Dulles,, Avery S.J. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Engages with the Question: What Contributions Have American Catholic Theologians Made to the Church at Large?" December 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/324
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About the Interviewee:
Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. received a Licentiate in philosophy from Woodstock College and was ordained in 1956. He received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College in 1957 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in Rome in 1960. He was the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from 1988 until his death in 2008. He was created a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in Rome in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Dulles was President of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society and Professor Emeritus at The Catholic University of America. He authored over 750 articles and twenty-three books on theological topics.
About the Interviewer:
Dr. Alfred Benney is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and taught courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include “how people learn”; “the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning”; and “myth as explanatory narrative”. He has published work on teaching with technology.