Rev. Jacques Dupuis, Noted Theologian on Religious Pluralism, Dies at 81

January 1, 2005

Source: Grand Forks Herald

Wire Service: AP/Reuters

On January 1, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Rev. Jacques Dupuis, a Belgian theologian whose book on religious plurality exploring salvation through non-Christian faiths was attacked by the Vatican, has died in Rome. He was 81. Dupuis collapsed Monday night after dinner and was taken to a hospital, where he died of a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday, the Rev. Jose De Vera, director of the Jesuits' press office, said Saturday. The theologian's work on pluralism drew the ire of the Vatican at a time when it was underlining the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church over other religions. Asked what his ideas were, Dupuis said, 'For me Jesus Christ is the universal savior, but at the same time I believe that in the divine plan the other religious traditions of the world have a positive contribution to make to humanity.' His book 'Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism,' first published in 1997, sought to reconcile the doctrine that only Christ brings salvation for mankind with pluralism that sees the possibility of salvation through other religons."