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Personal/Theological Notebook: A Gift of Avery Cardinal Dulles's New Book 
2nd-Oct-2007 10:37 pm
Me and Bono
Picking up on the earlier entry where I got a note from Fordham grad student Mike Canaris mentioning that Cardinal Dulles thought he should talk with me about our mutual dissertation topic of Francis Sullivan, and my amusement at the relatively small world of professional theology – that Cardinal Dulles should even vaguely be aware of who I am – I went into the Theology office today to pick up my mail, and found a mysterious package. Opening it up, I discovered a copy of the new book Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith by Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., with kind inscription inside by the Cardinal to "Michael Novak the Younger," which was a gag professional name, after the Roman model, that I once proposed to the other Michael Novak when he and I were discussing what professional name I would use in order to make us distinct.

I had told Mike about my amusement when he was here a few weeks ago, and the story with Novak. Naturally, he took that to Cardinal Dulles. He's a funny guy, Mike is....
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4th-Oct-2007 02:04 am (UTC)
I hated serving for the bishop when I was a kid: he was a heavy smoker, so his breath was awful, and I never knew the specifics of what to do for a bishop....

But yes, I got that impression of Dulles, too, when I've seen him speak.
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