Kresta in the Afternoon – January 17, 2019 – Hour 2

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+  Remembering Fr. Neuhaus (2 segments)

  • Description: January 8 was the 10th anniversary of the death of Fr Richard John Neuhaus, one of the century's most influential figures in American public life. His writing, activism and connections to people of power in religion, politics and culture secured a place in the center of recent American history. We take a look at his influence with Randy Boyagoda.
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    • Randy Boyagoda
      Randy Boyagoda is the Principal of St Michael's College at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author of several books including Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square.
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    • Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

      A brilliant biography of one of the intellectual mavericks of 20th Century Catholicism. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror. His writing, activism, and connections to people of power in religion, politics, and culture secured a place for himself and his ideas at the center of recent American history. William F. Buckley, Jr. and John Kenneth Galbraith are comparable -- willing controversialists and prodigious writers adept at cultivating or castigating the powerful, while advancing lively arguments for the virtues and vices of the ongoing American experiment. But unlike Buckley and Galbraith, who have always been identified with singular political positions on the right and left, respectively, Neuhaus' life and ideas placed him at the vanguard of events and debates across the political and cultural spectrum. For instance, alongside Abraham Heschel and Daniel Berrigan, Neuhaus co-founded Clergy Concerned About Vietnam, in 1965. Forty years later, Neuhaus was the subject of a New York Review of Books article by Garry Wills, which cast him as a Rasputin of the far right, exerting dangerous influence in both the Vatican and the Bush White House. This book looks to examine Neuhaus's multi-faceted life and reveal to the public what made him tick and why. (learn more)

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