Yesterday, May 14, Mr. Falwell concluded what turned out to be his final column (click on this post's title) with these words: "Boldly live out your faith!"
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League http://www.catholicleague.org/07press_releases
said this of Mr. Falwell today:
“Jerry was a great fighter in the culture wars. He was both an exemplary evangelical and a renowned social activist, always exuding the kind of moral courage so often lacking in religious leaders of all faiths. He will be sorely missed.”
Mr. Falwell and his Moral Majority campaigned hard for Ronald Reagan in 1980. That helped make possible the President and Pope John Paul II's successful assault on the Soviet evil empire.
When Pope John Paul II died, Mr. Falwell said, "The world has lost a great moral leader."
Dissenter Catholics, like all liberals, will excoriate Mr. Falwell.
Wonder if our Catholic bishops will praise him for his pro-life efforts. As a former pro-life chairman of our bishops, Cardinal Mahony ought to do so.
"Boldly live out your faith!"