Hattip to Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia. Ralph McInerny, scholar, professor, teacher, philosopher, expert on Medieval philosophy in general and Saint Thomas Aquinas in particular, novelist who wrote the brilliant Father Dowling mysteries, and, above all, a loyal son of the Church, has died. The world has lost a scholar of the first order, and a gentleman of the first kindness. He will be missed. May he even now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.