Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009

Thursday, January 8, AD 2009

From Jody Bottum:

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; more information about the funeral will be made public shortly. Please accept our thanks for all your prayers and good wishes.

6 Responses to Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009

  • My prayers for all the friends and family of Fr. Neuhaus.

    Lord, we pray that You bless this humble servant of Yours, and ever hold him in Your embrace.

  • Irreplacable, in his gifts and service to the Church. Below is thread about how Paul Scofield and Orson Welles butted heads in movie version of Man for All Seasons. Father Neuhaus was truly one for our time. May light eternal shine upon him.

  • I have no doubt that he is now enjoying the Beatific Vision.

  • I have been a Catholic my whole life and I have, for the most part, attended mass my whole life. I never really was interested in the intellectual part of Catholicism until these past years. 9/11, wars, and an increasingly antagonistic Left has made me eager to learn more and to become an active defender of the faith. So here I am reading Catholic literature and visiting Catholic blogs. I feel that I missed out in a big way by not learning from Fr. Neuhaus while he was among us. I will read all his works and the legacy of his thinking will affect me and perhaps help me to affect others. RIP Fr. Neuhaus.

  • Well said daledog.