P. Richard Neuhaus var en av de som hadde påvirket med mest da jeg i 1994 valgte å bli katolikk – jeg hørte om ham da jeg vinteren 1991 var i USA noen uker for å studere luthersk kirkeliv “over there”. I dag leser jeg på Catholic Herald at det i forgårs ble arrangert en seminar om hans arbeid og innflytelse i Washington, D.C. Der leser vi bl.a.:
Friends, colleagues and intellectuals influenced by the late author, editor and public figure Fr Richard John Neuhaus gathered Wednesday to discuss his contribution to American Christianity and public society. …
… the March 7 symposium, “Catholic Witness in the Public Square: Celebrating the Life and Letters of Father Richard John Neuhaus,” held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The event corresponded with the donation and cataloguing of Fr Neuhaus’ papers to the university’s American Catholic History Research Center. The donated papers include personal correspondence, photographs, articles, personal artefacts and writings by the priest and author.
Neuhaus wrote and spoke as an advocate for Christianity in the public square over the course of four decades, helping to reshape the conversation on Christianity and public life in America over the course of his lifetime. A convert from Evangelical Lutheranism to Catholicism, Neuhaus was a prolific author and editor, the founder of the ecumenical religious journal, First Things, and co-convener of “Catholics and Evangelicals Together.”
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