George Weigel has written a piece for National Review, What Would Father Richard Say? , that places Fr. Neuhaus’ work in the broader brushstroke of Christopher Dawson’s words below, words that speak of the motivation behind the entire Neuhausian project:
If civilisation has nothing to do with morals and religion, if social justice and political liberty are matters of indifference to it, it can have but little contact with human life in its most universal aspects. It is an artificial growth, a hot-house plant which can only flourish in a world in which everyone is witty and well mannered and well dressed; where poverty and suffering are unknown. Such a society can never exist in its own right. It is the result of certain rare and transitory moments in the wider life of humanity. Its exquisite frivolity is powerless to withstand the hard facts of life.
Read Weigel here.