I have sad news to report: The great Catholic philosopher and writer Ralph McInerny passed away this morning. He was just shy of his 81st birthday.
While Ralph may be best remembered in general circles as the author of the popular Father Dowling mystery series, he has a special significance to the staff and friends of this Web site. In 1982, he and Michael Novak cofounded Crisis Magazine — the print publication that eventually transformed into InsideCatholic. While they gave the magazine to the Morley Publishing Group in 1995, Ralph continued for years as a monthly columnist. All of us here have been blessed directly or indirectly by his influence.
May our Lord welcome him.