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  • Remembering Richard John Neuhaus

    Today a funeral mass is being held in New York City for Father Richard John Neuhaus. Perhaps best known as the founder and editor-in-Chief of the journal First Things, Neuhaus was a prominent theologian, prolific writer, and ordained priest. Both in America and around the world, he exercised considerable influence on public discourse relating to faith and public life.

    Neuhaus was a guest of The Heritage Foundation on several occasions, most recently at a 2007 event honoring the 30th anniversary of his book To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy. Written with Peter Berger, the book proposes the thesis that a healthy nation relies on the institutions of civil society—especially neighborhoods, families, churches, and voluntary associations—to mediate between individual citizens and the bureaucratic “megastructures” of big government, big labor, and big business. Such mediating institutions, they claimed, can serve as alternate mechanisms to provide welfare-state services, allowing the public to continue to respond to major social problems, yet without creating the sense of alienation characteristic of welfare bureaucracies. The intellectual framework sketched by Berger and Neuhaus shaped the landmark 1996 welfare reform as well as the creation in 2001 of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.

    Neuhaus’ other books include The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, Doing Well & Doing Good: The Challenge to the Christian Capitalist, and Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. He is remembered by many for the breadth of his intellectual, theological and cultural interests, the depth of his passionate faith, and the energy with which he promoted issues such as religious freedom and the dignity of human life. Neuhaus, who was 72 years old, passed away on January 8th due to complications with cancer.

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    5 Responses to Remembering Richard John Neuhaus

    1. Barb -mn says:

      I am saddened to hear of another loss of a true and dignified human life. But happy to realize his destination to his eternal life by his good works and will of God through the teachings of our Lord Jesus.

      Thank you dear Father for blessing us with such an extraordinary man and true Christian follower. Thank you for all Richard John Neuhaus has inspired to take on your will through our savior and brother, Jesus Christ.

      Thank you Heritage.

    2. William Callaghan, B says:

      Does anyone know who the celebrant of the Mass was?

      Many thanks in advance

    3. Pingback: Richard John Neuhaus obituaries and publications « Father Brian Van Hove’s Blog

    4. George Seevers says:

      With all due respect to R L Neuhaus, I behooves us to remember that the Roman Catholic Church ran the Inquisition which was the most ruthless attack on religious liberty which the world has ever known. And Rome has never issued an apology. Furthermore, if Rome still had the power, there can be little doubt that millions of Reformed Christians would find their lives in jeopardy.

    5. Cooper says:

      Mr Seevers,

      I feel sorry for you and your bigotry.

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