Still reeling from the recent loss of Cardinal Avery Dulles and Father Richard John Neuhaus, the Church now mourns the loss of Msgr. William Smith, moral theologian extraordinaire. I had the privilege of calling on Msgr. Smith repeatedly over the course of my career as a Catholic journalist, always assured that he would not only take the call quickly but would offer solid and authentic viewpoints on the moral and ethical issues of our day.
Msgr. Smith, 69, died Saturday. He had been a professor of moral theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, NY, since 1971 and advisor to three New York cardinals.
For a nice take on Msgr. Smith and the role he played on the stage of moral debate, check out Gary Stern's story in The Journal News by clicking HERE.