One of the most significant Roman Catholic theologians writing in English in the last century was Avery Dulles. One cannot consider oneself abreast of recent theological developments without at least being familiar with several of Dulles' books, notably Models of Revelation, Models of the Church, and The Catholicity of the Church. Apropos the recent 10th anniversary celebrations connected with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, I appreciate his thoughts on the lifting of the mutual condemnations (more impolitely known as 'anathemas') issued by Lutherans and Roman Catholics against each other's positions on justification during the Reformation,which was one of the goals of the discussions leading up to JDDJ:
"In the present atmosphere, Christians find it all too easy to
declare that the doctrinal disagreements of the past have lost
their church-divisive character. Pervasive though the present
climate of agnosticism and relativism may be, Lutherans and
Catholics must resist it. One of the most precious things we
have in common may be our conviction that pure doctrine is
crucially important and that ecclesial unity should not be purchased at the expense of truth."
Cardinal Avery Dulles, On Lifting the Condemnations, Dialog, Summer 1996, p.220.
I couldn't agree more. In the end, I wonder if Roman Catholics like Dulles and confessional Lutherans who maintain their reservations about JDDJ don't have more in common with each other than with the gushing ecumenists in their own communions?
Here's a pic of the late Cardinal, whose father was John Foster Dulles, one-time US Secretary of State and namesake of Dulles Airport in Washington. I note he's wearing a beret, too. Might be a Catholic convert thing?