USCCB News Release
January 13, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cardinal George Hails Work of the Late Father Neuhaus
WASHINGTON—Father Richard John Neuhaus, whose funeral was slated for January 13, was remembered as leader in ecumenism by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Neuhaus, a noted Lutheran theologian who converted to Catholicism, died January 8 at the age of 72.
Cardinal George's statement follows.
"Many are grateful for the service that Father Richard John Neuhaus offered to the entire Church, especially through his contributions at the Institute on Religion and Public Life. He was an exemplary priest and a personal friend.
"As the testimonials from persons of all faiths have shown, Father Neuhaus's work in the area of ecumenism was appreciated by those who saw the importance of working together for the common good of our nation. He had the ability to engage in dialog that was intellectually honest, fully respecting each person while remaining true to his own faith.
"Father Neuhaus will be deeply missed. His life and work were a great gift to the Church and to the country he loved so much. It is my prayer that the Lord will bring him quickly home."
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops