Lutheran-to-Catholic thinker Neuhaus helped shape religious right

Died January 8 at age 72
Richard John Neuhaus, an activist Lutheran minister who became a prominent Roman Catholic priest, is being remembered for his influential role in the rise of religious conservatism.

“From the early 1970s forward, Neuhaus was a key architect of two alliances with profound consequences for American politics, both of which overcame histories of mutual antagonism: one between conservative Catholics and Protestant evangelicals, and the other between free market neo-conservatives and ‘faith and values’ social conservatives,” wrote John L. Allen Jr., a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

Neuhaus, 72, died January 8 of complications of cancer. He was best known in recent years as the editor of First Things, a journal published by the New York–based Institute on Religion and Public Life.

 

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