My Friend in Exile

American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile
by Richard John Neuhaus
Basic Books, 2009
(288 pages, $26.95, hardcover)

reviewed by William L. Saunders, Jr.

As I sat in church during Christmas services last December, the priest reminded us to pray for those who had died in the past year. My thoughts turned to my friend, Father Richard John Neuhaus, who had died one year before, in January 2009.

It is hard to imagine American public life without his presence. No one, in my judgment, was more influential in public debates about religion and public life (which is the name of his institute in New York) in all their . . .

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William L. Saunders is Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life.


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