Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)
“Perhaps the finest columnist of our generation.” — Patrick J Buchanan
I have just been informed that Joe Sobran, syndicated columnist and former contributor to the National Review, fell asleep in the Lord today, shortly before three in the afternoon. He slipped away quietly as the Hour of Mercy approached, surrounded by family and close friends. Earlier that day, a priest was there to administer the last rites.
This writer visited him earlier today, before the family could arrive. He was anointed with holy water blessed for the Epiphany, and the Proficiscere ("Go forth, Christian soul, out of this world ...") was recited.
The wake will be on Monday, October 4, at Money & King (171 Maple Avenue West, Vienna, VA). There will also be a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass on Tuesday, October 5, at St John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, VA at 1 pm, celebrated by Fr Paul Scalia. The Mass will be preceded by a wake in the church beginning about 12 noon. (Information other than the Mass time subject to change.)
More information about the life and work of Mr Sobran will be forthcoming. In the interim, an archive of his writings can be found here.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.