The National Pro-life
Date: January 12, 2009
RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS (1936-2009): A SERVANT
OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
On January 8, 2009, Father Richard John Neuhaus, 72, died in
New York City. That same day, upon learning of Fr. Neuhaus'
death, the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which was
meeting in Washington, DC, gave thanks to God for Fr. Neuhaus'
life and ministry.
Fr. Neuhaus, a long-time Lutheran pastor who became a Roman
Catholic priest, was faithful in serving Jesus Christ, His
Church, and the world throughout his ministry. Because of his
ecumenical example and exploration, many Protestants
(evangelical and old line) and Roman Catholics recognized their
unity in Jesus Christ and committed themselves to attempt to
defend "the least of these" (Matthew 25). Because of his
engagement in church-and-society matters, many Christians, Jews,
and others were emboldened to make moral and religious claims in
A tireless writer, Fr. Neuhaus was the editor-in-chief of First
Things. His articles and books, sermons and speeches, were, to
the National Pro-Life Religious Council, a source of constant
inspiration and instruction.
On this mournful day, NPRC recognizes, remembers, and celebrates
Richard John Neuhaus as a great man, with extraordinary
brilliance and exemplary faithfulness, who served the Gospel of