Richard John Neuhaus, 1936–2009

Joseph Bottum just announced on the First Things blog that Richard John Neuhaus has passed away. There will be more to say on this later, but for now here’s Bottum’s post:

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,

Joseph Bottum
Editor
First Things

(HT: Mason Beecroft)

4 Responses to Richard John Neuhaus, 1936–2009

  1. Darius T January 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    He will be missed.

  2. Russ Ware January 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow. This is the first I had heard of this. Thanks for passing it along, Danny, Mason.

  3. Adam Omelianchuk January 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    RJN was one of the best monthly reads I came across. This is a sad day.

  4. Bradley Cochran January 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Sad day indeed.

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