Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Engages with the Question: What Contributions Have American Catholic Theologians Made to the Church at Large?

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Cardinal Avery Dulles discusses his belief that, in general, American Catholic theologians have made almost no contributions to the Catholic Church at large by speaking about American Catholics’ dependence on European theologians and European education. He then speaks about Americanism, a phenomenon that took place during the end of the nineteenth century that condemned modernism in the Catholic Church. However, he also mentions Pope John Paul II’s enthusiasm regarding the separation of church and state in America. He names Catholicism’s relative acceptance of capitalism as resulting from America’s involvement with the Church.