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Fr Fessio Writes-:

I began my studies in theology, as a Jesuit scholastic, in France in the Fall of 1969. During the three years I resided there, I was blessed to get to know, and have many conversations with, Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., one of the truly outstanding theologians of the 20th century.

When the time came for me to prepare for my doctoral studies in theology, I went to Fr. de Lubac for counsel. I remember that moment very clearly. He suggested that I do my doctoral work on Hans Urs von Balthasar. I didn't know much about von Balthasar at that time, so I asked Fr. de Lubac to elaborate. He said: "von Balthasar is the greatest theologian of our era, and maybe of all time." What made this particular impressive to me was that, having gotten to know Fr. de Lubac and his writings over a three year period, I knew that he was very measured in his judgments, always precise and sober.

Mon, 3 Jul 2000

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