R.R. Reno reflecting on Fr. Neuhaus:
I have many fond memories of him, but many important and influential ones, as well. During the fall of 2006, I was in his office, expressing my anxious agitation about the upcoming congressional elections. I worried over the loss of a Republican majority, linking my political concerns to the future of the pro-life cause, the dangers of unfettered bioengineering, and so forth. He sat back in his chair, puffing on his cigar while I prattled on. Then, with a wave of his hand, he dismissed my anxieties with a simple observation:
“Relax, Rusty. The Republicans will betray us eventually anyway.”
It was his way of reminding me: Culture shapes politics, and religion is at the root of culture – and don’t ever let yourself be sucked into the crazy illusion that the order of importance runs the other way. I hope I never forget.