Father Richard John Neuhaus is gravely ill...
(Tim) Recently, a new professor at a Christian college asked for recommendations concerning magazines or journals he'd find helpful in his work. I suggested he subscribe to First Things and Touchstone, but also that he go to the library and skim each issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. A charter subscriber to First Things, I consider it indispensable to my work. So just now I was saddened to receive this e-mail forwarded by a dear friend... It's written by First Thing's managing editor, Joe Bottum, reporting on the grave condition of First Thing's founding editor, Richard John Neuhaus. Let's pray for him.
Fr. Neuhaus is in the hospital here in New York. Over Thanksgiving, he was diagnosed with a serious cancer. The long-term prognosis for this particular cancer is not good, but it is not hopeless, either, and there is a possibility that it will respond to the recommended out-patient chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, over Christmas, he was taken dangerously ill with what seems to be a systemic infection that has left him very weak. Entering the hospital the day after Christmas, he was sedated to lower an elevated heart rate and treatment was begun for the infection. Over the last few days, he has shown some signs of improvement, and there is a reasonable expectation that he will recover from this present illness—sufficiently, we hope, that he will be able to begin the chemotherapy for the cancer.
Fr. Neuhaus is not able at the moment to receive visitors or speak on the telephone or answer his mail, and he has requested that no flowers, candy, or other get-well presents be sent—just your prayers for his quick recovery. Further bulletins will be sent when there is news to report.
Please share this email with anyone you think would be interested. May we all have a blessed New Year.