Richard John Neuhaus quotes

  • We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person-of every human person...
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Deeds #Way #Exit

  • In the absence of truth, power is the only game in town.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Truth #Games #Towns

  • Every day of the year is a good day to think more deeply about Good Friday, for Good Friday is the drama of the love by which our every day is sustained.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Friday #Drama #Good Day

  • My hope that the Church will emerge as a strong leader in society is just that a hope. What I described in The Catholic Moment is not a prophecy but the outline of a possibility. There are no guarantees that my hopes expressed in The Catholic Moment will ever be realised.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Strong #Leader #Catholic

  • Politics is chiefly a function of culture, at the heart of culture is morality, and at the heart of morality is religion.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Heart #Religion #Culture

  • Consumerism is, quite precisely, the consuming of life by the things consumed. It is living in a manner that is measured by having rather than being... and consumerism is hardly the sin of the rich. The poor, driven by discontent and envy, may be as consumed by what they do not have as the rich are consumed by what they do have. The question is not, certainly not most importantly, a question about economics. It is first and foremost a cultural and moral problem requiring a cultural and moral remedy.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Simple #Envy #May

  • Genuine tolerance does not mean ignoring differences as if differences made no difference. Genuine tolerance means engaging differences within a bond of civility and respect.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Mean #Differences #Tolerance

  • In the gay (Catholic) community, it would seem, the maxim is: love the sin and love the sinner, but hate anyone who calls it a sin or him a sinner.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Hate #Gay #Community

  • Determined secularists view these as residual inconsistencies that they have not yet go around to extirpating and that may not be worth bothering about... Form the secularist perspective it may be that the essential battles have been won and excessive zeal in pressing a final mopping-up operation might only excited further public hostility.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Religious #Views

  • I do believe that those who compare the religious Right to the Nazis have fallen victim to polemical heat prostration.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Religious #Believe

  • Whatever else the religious Right may be, it is a bonanza for its opponents... Reports of the great terror that is upon us are raising millions of dollars in fund appeals by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization for Women, Norman Lear's People for the American Way, and others who claim to believe that the religious Right is the greatest peril to American democracy since Joe McCarthy.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Religious #Believe

  • For paradise we long. For perfection we were made...This longing is the source of the hunger and dissatisfaction that mark our lives...This longing makes our loves and friendships possible, and so very unsatisfactory. The hunger is for...nothing less than perfect communion with the...one in whom all the fragments of our scattered existence come together...we must not stifle this longing. It is a holy dissatisfaction. Such dissatisfaction is not a sickness to be healed, but the seed of a promise to be fulfilled...The only death to fear is the death of settling for something less.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Long #Perfect #Promise

  • Progress without the reasoned freedom to think and act is regression to slavery.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Thinking #Progress #Regression

  • Optimism is a matter optics, of seeing what you want to see and not seeing what you don't want to see. Hope, on the other hand, is a Christian virtue. It is the unblinking acknowledgment of all that militates against hope, and the unrelenting refusal to despair. We have not the right to despair, and, finally, we have not the reason to despair
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Hands #Optimism

  • Respect for the dignity of others includes treating them as rational creatures capable of being persuadad by rational argument, even in the face of frequent evidence to the contrary.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Faces #Dignity #Argument

  • One would like to believe that people who think of themselves as devout Christians would also behave in a manner that is in according with Christian ethics. But pastorally and existentially, I know that this is not the case, and never has been.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Atheist #Believe

  • Disguise is central to God's way of dealing with us human beings. Not because God is playing games with us but because the God who is beyond our knowing makes himself known in the disguise of what we can know. The Christian word for this is revelation, and the ultimate revelation came by incarnation. ... God is the master of disguises, in order that we might see.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Christian #Order #Games

  • Religion as a human phenomenon is as riddled through with potential for both good and evil as any other phenomenon.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Evil #Good And Evil #Phenomenon

  • My eyes are wide open to the conflicts within the Church, but I don't think you can call it schism.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Eye #Thinking #Church

  • If a church offers no truth that is not available in the general culture - in, for instance, the editorials of the New York Times or, for that matter, of National Review - there is not much reason to pay it attention.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #New York #Church #Attention

  • All my life I have prayed to God that I should remain religiously orthodox, culturally conservative, politically liberal and economically pragmatic.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Religion #Conservative #Should

  • In legal parlance, that is called 'the rational person test,' ... That's where somebody else says, 'Even though we have no idea what this person would want in this circumstance in which they cannot themselves tell us what they want, a 'rational' person - meaning, myself - in that circumstance would want to die.' So you move very quickly from so-called voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia. These legal and medical developments are not simply hypothetical They're in the courts right now.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Moving #Ideas #Development

  • Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Orthodoxy #Sooner Or Later

  • If the cause of poverty is marginalization, the cure is inclusion.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Challenges #Inspire #Poverty

  • The first thing to say about politics is that politics is not the first thing.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Firsts

  • One must never underestimate the profound bigotry and anti-intellectualism and intolerance and illiberality of liberalism.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #Profound #Underestimate #Intolerance

  • Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.
    -- Richard John Neuhaus

    #People #Socialism