Thursday, January 08, 2009

Farewell Richard John Neuhaus

Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), the founder of First Things magazine and author of numerous works including The Naked Public Square, The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World, Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth and, with Charles Colson, he edited Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission, died Thursday morning, January 8, at the age of 72. Father Neuhaus, a Lutheran cleric who entered the Roman Catholic Church and became a priest of the New York archdiocese, was an adviser to prelates and presidents, an enormously influential figure in discussions of Church-state affairs, and a key leader in Catholic-Evangelical dialogue. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America. He died from complications of cancer.

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

Laura and I are saddened by the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus. Father Neuhaus was an inspirational leader, admired theologian, and accomplished author who devoted his life to the service of the Almighty and to the betterment of our world. He was also a dear friend, and I have treasured his wise counsel and guidance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Father Neuhaus’ family, friends, and fellow clergy during this difficult time.

George W. Bush


Patrick said...

what a loss! he has been a real asset to the church.

it's margaret said...

Thank you for this. And the music too. I, too, enjoyed his work.