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Richard John Neuhaus, R.I.P.

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Father Richard John Neuhaus has died, succumbing to the cancer he has fought for many years.

I discovered his magazine, First Things, in the early 90s, and it had a significant influence on my intellectual development at that time. I always tried to read it cover to cover, but never missed Fr. Neuhaus’s section at the back. It was the dessert at the end of a satisfying repast.

I never met him, though I did see him once as we walked past each other near Park Square in Boston. I almost turned around to speak with him, but I didn’t. There was a time when one of my friends was a celebrity of sorts (she was in a soap) and we couldn’t go out with her in public without someone accosting her. She never seemed to mind, but I did. And so I respected the privacy of a public figure who happened to be out in public, something I’ve done quite a few times over the years.

I’m not sure what I would have said in any event. Probably thank you for making me think, and sometimes laugh. We’re going to need that more than ever in the next few years, and this will make Fr. Neuhaus’s absence more poignant. 

More here from Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things.


Written by martinipundit

January 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

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