Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Gary D. Badcock

Second Advisor

Dr. John Dool


This thesis examines controversies surrounding religious pluralism in recent Roman Catholicism, as represented in particular by the case of Jacques Dupuis, S.J. The thesis argues that a range of divergent assumptions contributed to the positions of the parties involved in Dupuis' censuring. These included the nature of doctrine itself, together with questions of theological epistemology, ecclesiology and soteriology. By comparing Dupuis' position to that of the Magisterium, and also to that of Francis Sullivan, S.J., a clearer picture emerges of how differences on these base levels contributed to the disparate theological positions in evidence in the 2001 Notification concerning Dupuis issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The thesis concludes by suggesting that the values used in formulating a theology of religions, namely acceptance of others and a positive attitude to dialogue, need to be applied also in relating to difference within the Roman Catholic tradition itself.



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