Richard John Neuhaus

For almost half a century, the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, who died on Jan. 8 at age 72, stood against the conventional view that religion has no place in public life. The son of a Lutheran pastor (as he too was for many years), he became an antiwar and civil rights activist in the '60s and a leading religious conservative in the '70s, jolted into that role by the troubling moral implications he found in Roe v. Wade. In 1990 he converted to Roman Catholicism, though he thought he was beyond easy categorization, describing himself as "religiously orthodox, culturally conservative, politically...

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