Fr. Richard John Neuhaus of First Things passed away this week, January 8. For those of us interested in literature, Christian writing, theology, intelligent ecumenism, and the interaction of faith and culture, this is a day where a titan has gone to his reward.
To me, Fr. Neuhaus idealized all that a priest should be. He was active in causes that many would see as politically inconsistent. He was active in Civil Rights and ecumenism as well as providing a forum for orthodox thinkers. He carried himself as a very masculine intellectual, and was a true role model in a time when the priesthood was in crisis.
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