Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Richard John Neuhaus is Dying

I have heard from one of the alums of the Centisimus Annus program that Richard John Neuhaus has a short time to live -- a few hours or a few days at most. Apparently, his cancer returned recently and he was hospitalized for treatment. The immediate problem, though, is an infection that his physicians seem unable to treat, and that has gone to his heart. He reportedly received last rites last night, and is unconscious.

While the source is credible, it is second hand. I couldn't be happier if the reports of his nearing death were exaggerated.

Update: A friend of mine who works closely with Neuhaus at First Things has confirmed the report.


Blogger Joel said...

That's so very sad. Odd too, coming on the heels of Dulles. I wonder who takes over at First Things? It won't be the same.

January 07, 2009 4:31 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

As I understand it, Bottum has had day-to-day editorial control ever since he came on board as editor several years ago. So there should not be any huge changes in the magazine.

That being said, they'll of course have to find an alternative for "The Public Square" section.

January 08, 2009 1:15 AM  

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