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Taking the Other’s Existence Seriously

[This article is published in Oasis no. 24. To read all the contents buy a copy or subscribe] Inconvenient for the liberals (although they owe much to him) and inconvenient for the establishment, the French Jesuit Jean Daniélou was doubtless one of the great twentieth-century theologians and one of the fathers of Vatican II. Born in 1905, he was made Cardinal by Paul VI in 1969 but was to be ostracized for many years after dying from a heart attack in the house of a prostitute in Paris one afternoon in May 1974. The Jesuits themselves were to ascertain later that he had gone to take her money to pay for a lawyer capable of getting her husband out of prison: it was the last of the works of charity he carried out in secret for people who were despised and in need of help and forgiveness. [This article is published in Oasis no. 24. To read all the contents buy a copy or subscribe]

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