As many of you already know Fr. Richard John Neuhaus passed away this morning due to cancer. He was a man of considerable intelligence and the sort of dry wit that I enjoy and the master of the turn of phrase. His Public Square columns in First Things was always a joy to read both for his insights and his mastery of language.
I do find it interesting that it was Fr. George Rutler a former Anglican priest was the one to give last rites to Fr. Neuhaus who was a former Lutheran priest which invokes to me Fr. Neuhaus line about having many ironies in the fire.
John Allen Jr. has a good overview of Fr. Neuhaus’ life.
We can say thank you to Fr. Neuhaus’ life of service by praying for him.