THEOLOGIAN
AVERY DULLES

AP
Birth Date: Aug. 24, 1918
Cardinal Since: Feb. 21, 2001 Title: Cardinal Deacon of Santissimi Nomi di Gesł e Maria in Via Lata

Dulles is a Jesuit theologian who has staunchly defended from liberal critics Pope John Paul II and his conservative teaching on morality. Since 1988, he has been a professor at Fordham University in New York City. He has worked to further Catholic dialogue with Lutherans and has written more than a score of books. His father, John Foster Dulles, was U.S. secretary of state during the Cold War. His uncle, Allen Welsh Dulles, was a CIA director in the 1950s.

He was the first American theologian to be named a cardinal, honoring decades of scholarship. A convert from Protestantism, he is a cardinal deacon and, having reached age 80, cannot vote in papal elections.