Utne Reader visionary [Originally published as Richard John Neuhaus in the January-February 1995 issue of Utne Reader]
A Roman Catholic priest, Neuhaus is a leading authority on the role of religion in the contemporary world. He has worked with organizations dealing with civil rights, international justice, and ecumenism and held presidential appointments in the Carter, Reagan, and Bush administrations. Among his best-known books are Freedom for Ministry, The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, and The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World. He is president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious research and education institute in New York City.