Rowan’s Rule

Rowan Williams is without doubt one of the most significant and learned theologians in the English-speaking world. Unfortunately, during his tenure at Canterbury, it has at times seemed that he has managed to get nearly everyone in that world angry at him, liberals and conservatives alike. As Rupert . . . . Continue Reading »

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

This essay by Richard John Neuhaus, who passed away January 8, 2009 , was originally printed in the October 2002 issue of First Things .I know it is a fact, but it is nonetheless hard to picture: Had he lived, Martin Luther King, Jr. would now be seventy-three years old. Everybody of a certain age . . . . Continue Reading »

The Persistence of the Catholic Moment

This essay by Richard John Neuhaus, who passed away January 8, 2009 , was originally printed in the February 2003 issue of First Things .In 1987, while I was still a Lutheran, I published a book titled The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World . There I argued that the . . . . Continue Reading »

Putting First Things First

Richard John Neuhaus, who passed away January 8, 2009 , published this editorial in the first issue of First Things . “When in the course of human events . . . ” Thus Jefferson and his associates, evincing a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” began their explanation of what they . . . . Continue Reading »

Richard John Neuhaus, 1936–2009

Our great, good friend is gone.Fr. Richard John Neuhaus slipped away 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. . . . . Continue Reading »

“Father Forgive Them”?

The first word from the cross: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Christians call them the Triduum Sacrum, the three most sacred days of the year, the three most sacred days of all time when time is truly told. Maundy Thursday, so called because that night before he was betrayed . . . . Continue Reading »

Our American Babylon

This essay by Richard John Neuhaus was originally printed in the December 2005 issue of First Things .Once upon a time¯it was the 1976 bicentennial of the American founding, to be precise¯I wrote a book on the American experiment and the idea of covenant. Time magazine picked up on it and . . . . Continue Reading »

How I Became the Catholic I Was

This essay by Richard John Neuhaus was published in the April 2002 issue of First Things . This is more a story than an argument. It is in some ways a very personal story, and yet not without broader implications. It is just possible that some may discern in the story suggestions of an argument, . . . . Continue Reading »

Richard John Neuhaus, 1936–2009

Our great, good friend is gone.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 . . . . Continue Reading »