I just read that Avery Cardinal Dulles died this morning in New York. Dulles was the author of over twenty books, but I knew him pimarily through his book Models of the Church. In this book, Dulles examined the theological implications, mission, and role of the church.
This is what Joseph Bottum writes about him:
Created cardinal for his theological work by John Paul II, Avery Dulles was one of the great figures of the twentieth century: a theologian, an intellectual, a teacher, a writer, a lecturer, and a kind and gentle man.
In his long life, he wrote more than 700 articles and twenty-two books, and it is hard to imagine how anyone today can fill the roles he played in the Catholic world and American public life. As the disease that took his life progressed, his final months were a trial that took away his powers to speak, write, and move. But he seemed, in those months, to live even more serenely, more spiritually, and more beautifully. May God welcome him home.