Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009
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Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away today, January 8, shortly before 10 o’clock, at the age of seventy-two. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day after Christmas, caused by a series of side effects from the cancer he was suffering. He lost consciousness Tuesday evening after a collapse in his heart rate, and the next day, in the company of friends, he died.
My tears are not for him—for he knew, all his life, that his Redeemer lives, and he has now been gathered by the Lord in whom he trusted.
I weep, rather for all the rest of us. As a priest, as a writer, as a public leader in so many struggles, and as a friend, no one can take his place. The fabric of life has been torn by his death, and it will not be repaired, for those of us who knew him, until that time when everything is mended and all our tears are wiped away.
Funeral arrangements are still being planned; information about the funeral will be made public shortly. Please accept our thanks for all your prayers and good wishes.
In Deepest Sorrow,
What a terrible loss for our country and our Church. I am happy to have learned of Fr. Neuhaus in the past year and have cherished my First Things subscription. I am anxious to see how it will continue without him - he was so integral a part.
A sad day indeed.
Are there any articles/blogs by Fr. Neuhaus on the Internet?
I am not that familiar with his writings although I have often heard his name mentioned by other Catholic writers.
You can see some of his major writings here:
He was VERY prolific, and there's tons of his material out there. I would also look at the First Things website for some of the articles they make available to non-subscribers.
Lastly, I recently read his Catholic Matters and it was splendid!
I was interested and glad to see a beautiful comment by Pres. Bush on Fr. Neuhaus. I hadn't realized they knew one another.
"Bush said in his message that he and his wife Laura were both "saddened" by the death of Father Neuhaus. The president called him "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," Bush added.
The quote above was from Zent, a very helpful Catholic news source, www.zenit.org, 1/09/09. One can get an email subscription to Zenit for free, if any are interested.
Thank you for the Zenit info. I've added the RSS feed to my homepage.
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