Father Richard John Neuhaus, founder of First Things magazine, convert, and priest, died this morning in New York. He was diagnosed with cancer late last year and was admitted to the hospital after Christmas due to side effects from the cancer.
As a sometime Catholic journalist myself, Fr. Neuhaus was one of those I strived to emulate, but I did so only poorly. His erudition, wit, and communication skill far surpassed that of the rest of us. We have lost a great priest, writer, and public leader, but hopefully we have gained an advocate in heaven.
May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.