Cardinal Avery Dulles dead at 90

NEW YORK (AP) - Cardinal Avery Dulles, a convert to Roman
Catholicism and the first U.S. theologian named a cardinal, has died. He was 90.

The Rev. Jim Martin of America, a Jesuit magazine that regularly
published Dulles' articles, says the cardinal died Friday in an
infirmary at Fordham University, where he was a professor for two

Pope John Paul II appointed Dulles in 2001 to the College of Cardinals, making him the first American Jesuit and the first U.S. theologian outside of a diocese to be named a cardinal. He was considered the dean of American Catholic theologians.

The grandson of a Presbyterian minister, he was the son of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who served under President Dwight Eisenhower. The cardinal's uncle was Allen Dulles, who led the CIA in the Eisenhower administration.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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