Father Richard John Neuhaus died of cancer January 8. A Christian thinker, a man who could cut through the fog of modernism and allow us to get to the heart of the matter: the Light that is Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Any who read his journal First Things, Catholic or not, would recognize a divinely-inspired melding of faith and reason in his words.
Under normal circumstances, as a former Catholic (ha! says the Vatican, once a Catholic, always a Catholic), I would add, “let us pray for Richard John Neuhaus’ soul.” Surely, given who Fr Heuhaus is (note that present tense), it is his soul who we should beseech to pray for us.