Thursday, January 08, 2009

Great Catholic Voices of Conservatism Fall Silent

Just think of the important (and historic) Catholic voices the conservative movement has lost in the period of just a little over 1 year:

  • Rep. Henry Hyde (November 29, 2007)
  • William F. Buckley (February 28, 2008)
  • Avery Cardinal Dulles (December 12, 2008)
  • Paul Weyrich (December 18, 2008)
  • Fr. Richard John Neuhaus (January 8, 2008)

  • Have I missed anyone?

    Of course, there is Tony Snow (July 12, 2008), certainly an important political figure and commentator, but I'm not sure I rank him in the same category of historic importance as a "Catholic voice of the conservative movement" as I would the aforementioned.

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    At 1/08/2009 6:27 PM, Blogger dadwithnoisykids said...

    Goodness gracious. I knew some of Mr. Weyrich's children. I shall remember him in my prayers....

    At 1/08/2009 7:51 PM, Blogger Neuropoet said...

    This really saddens me... I pray they're praying for us... we need it...


    At 1/08/2009 8:00 PM, Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

    At the risk of being insenstively snarky, Kathleen Parker. At least the pre-Obamafied Kathleen Parker that most of us knew. In her latest column, she urges Republicans to surrender to The One and tears into Ken Blackwell:

    Will the new GOP stick to its guns? Will party leaders continue to cling to a base that no longer resonates with a growing majority of Americans?

    Or, will Republicans recognize that the world has changed and that the fabled big tent needs to be more than a revival tent? Breath-holding not recommended, though it can produce a sensation of euphoria, often followed by glossolalia.

    Looking at the panel of contestants, one can't help noticing that there are six men. But two -- Steele and Ken Blackwell -- are African-American. Steele is the telegenic, Fox-commentating, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, fondly remembered in some circles for his "Drill, baby, drill" speech at last summer's GOP convention.

    Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and youngest-ever mayor of Cincinnati, is the social conservative's choice. (Read: Wholly owned subsidiary of the religious right.) He has also been endorsed by the College Republican National Committee. Other contestants include Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis and Mike Duncan, the current RNC chair, who -- oddly and without irony -- is advocating "change."

    And I had somehow missed Paul Weyrich's passing. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    At 1/09/2009 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am downright amazed at all the good men who have passed away in recent months.

    In addition to the ones you list some other recent deaths come to mind,

    -Not a voice of "Conservatism" per see but Tim Russert was by all acounts a practicing Catholic.

    -I am not sure what religion he was but Paul Scofield was a real classy guy and I think all of us with a devotion to St. Thomas More are greatful for how well he played the role in a Man for All Seasons.

    -Not a Catholic but another actor who portrayed Thomas More, the great Charlton Heston.

    -Obviously not a Catholic and not always a friend to Catholics but Patriarch Alexi of Moscow did atleast hold-fast against moral realativism and revitalized religion in what was once an Atheist state.

    At 1/09/2009 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    oh and Alexander Solzhyenestsyn (sp) a devout Orthodox and another good man.

    At 1/09/2009 11:10 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

    "At the risk of being insenstively snarky, Kathleen Parker."

    Is Parker Catholic? But in that same vein, I suppose we should add the name Prof. Douglas Kmiec.


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