Quote of the Day: Father Neuhaus


Fr. Richard John Neuhaus recently passed away last Thursday – Jan 8, 2009.  A Lutheran pastor who later converted to become a Catholic priest, he was one of the great contemporary minds of the Church, especially in regard to American faith and politics.  He will be missed and remembered.  Here’s a short interview with him and a few quotes from him below. Very smart, holy guy!

Taking Responsibility For Our Actions

“The lethal logic of Roe v. Wade is that nobody has rights that we are bound to respect if they cannot effectively assert those rights. They are at the mercy and the discretion of those who can effectively assert their rights. We’re not talking simply about the unborn, we’re talking about the aged, the radically handicapped, the deformed.” – Fr. Neuhaus

“Americans have at times “theologized” their history, seeing this experiment as an instrument — maybe even the instrument — of God’s unfolding purposes. That way of thinking has been out of fashion for some time now. When it was in vogue, it was sometimes attended by a doctrine of American “exceptionalism” so exaggerated that American purposes were depicted in angelic hues, untouched by the ambiguities, corruptions, and lust for power associated with mere mortals… The caution is always in order. Those who think of themselves as angels may end up by giving themselves license to do things that are, in fact, quite beastly.” – Fr. Neuhaus

“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion” – Fr. Neuhaus

“I became a Catholic in order to be more fully the Christian I was as a Lutheran, and that is what has happened.” – Fr. Neuhaus

“The bishop has to show in each and every case that he is in a very serious posture of pastoral care and concern for that politician — and that has to be seen by the Catholic people. When something is a public scandal, it has to be remedied publicly, but there are many different ways in which bishops might exercise that pastoral care and concern.” – Fr. Neuhaus

“There can be little doubt that over the centuries that there have been great priests, bishops – and maybe even popes – who by today’s criterion would be deemed homosexual in orientation, … It’s not the nature of one’s temptations – be they sexual or something else – it’s how to deal with these temptations.” – Fr. Neuhaus

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memoriadei January 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Beautiful man that I didn’t know this much about until his passing. Odd isn’t. Oh, I listened to him on EWTN and he made me laugh, too. Thank you for sharing this.

JD January 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for sharing. Good and interesting quotes. Did not get the chance to follow him much until now, which disappoints me.

L January 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

His voice is strangely hypnotic. I’m watching this at work and it puts me in a trance :) Great stuff, though!

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