Before his death more than twelve years ago, Jacques Dupuis, a prominent Catholic theologian who faced a long persecution by his own church for his teachings on religious pluralism, sat down for a book-length interview with Gerard O’Connell, a noted Catholic journalist, for America, the Jesuit magazine. Dupuis insisted that the frank and honest transcript (“unburdened and unbuttoned,” in the words of a fellow Jesuit) not be published until after he died and certain other curial figures were out of office.
This hidden treasure is finally unburied and presents not only Dupuis’ life story (including his tragic final years) but also his views on religious pluralism, interreligious dialogue, and ecclesiology.
Irish-born journalist Gerard O’Connell is an Associate Editor and Vatican correspondent for America. He has lived in Rome for the past three decades, and has written for a variety of news outlets throughout the English-speaking world including The Tablet and The National CatholicReporter.
Jacques Dupuis, SJ, (1923-2004) taught theology for many years at the Gregorian University in Rome and at the Vidyajyot College of Theology in Delhi, India. His books include Who Do You Say I Am?, Christianity and the Religions and Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism.