The Thomas More College community mourns the passing of Reverend Richard John Neuhaus, the founding editor of First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life. As a Lutheran minister, he was a vocal proponent of the Civil Rights movement as well as retaining the religious principles upon which the United States was founded. In 1990, he converted to Catholicism, and was ordained a priest one year later. As such, he worked tirelessly to heal the rift between the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches. His scholarship in the areas of Biblical interpretation and theology are widely-known, and he penned several books that dealt with problems of an increasingly secular America, including The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America and Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy and the Splendor of Truth.
Father Neuhaus was a long-time friend of Thomas More College, and we were privileged to have him visit our campus. We extend our sympathies to his family and all of those who were immediately touched by his life.
“At Thomas More it is understood that tradition is the mother of creativity. Students are surrounded, supported, and inspired by what the New Testament letter to the Hebrews calls ‘the great cloud of witnesses’ who invite us to join in their relentless determination to live in the truth.”
–Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Editor of First Things