Robbie George on Richard John Neuhaus

Mar 20, 2009

I had the privilege of knowing Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, who passed away in January. He spoke at Socrates in the City three years ago. Robbie George, who spoke at SITC two weeks ago, offers this eloquent tribute to Fr. Neuhaus in the online version of First Things.

He Threw It All Away
By Robert P. George
Friday, March 20, 2009, 12:01 AM

In the early 1970s, Lutheran pastor Richard John Neuhaus was poised to become the nation’s next great liberal public intellectual—the Reinhold Niebuhr of his generation. He had going for him everything he needed to be not merely accepted but lionized by the liberal establishment. First, of course, there were his natural gifts as a thinker, writer, and speaker. Then there was a set of left-liberal credentials that were second to none. He had been an outspoken and prominent civil rights campaigner, indeed, someone who had marched literally arm-in-arm with his friend Martin Luther King. He had founded one of the most visible anti-Vietnam war organizations… (to read the rest of this article, click here.)