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Sunday, January 25, 2009


Ed Peters

RIP. Another loss. Smith was really, really sharp. I read his moral magisterium piece (or one of them, anyway, he had several related titles) years ago, and it was so clear.

Kevin D. Dello Iacono

Please see my blog, "Catholic Apologetics of America", for a special tribute post.

I'll update the post as new information arrives, including personal stories by people who knew Msgr. Smith.

Deacon Harold

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Peters. Msgr. Smith was very direct and very clear. I've always enjoyed listening to his talks and have benefited greatly from them. I will pray for the repose of his soul.


I admired Monsignor Smith very much and enjoyed his talks on EWTN. In recent times, we have lost Cardinal Dulles, Richard Neuhaus and now Monsignor Smith.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

May he rest in Peace. Let us pray for his soul. How timely the pardon given to the four Bishops by The Holy Father Benedict XVI.

MJ Anderson

A great loss for American Catholics. Msgr. Smith had a keen, wry wit and a rapier mind that he used in humble service to the Church. He has earned his rest, a good and faithful servant.


He was an acute analyst of morality. My last opportunity to come into contact with him was at this year's Fellowship of Catholic Scholars conference. I think it is fair to say that when he spoke, he commanded one's attention, regardless of what you thought of him or his comments.

I would like to suggest Ignatius Press or some publisher consider gathering his Q & A columns from HPR and publish a volume. I think this would greatly enrich moral reflection for the masses.


Sad news indeed. When I was entering the Catholic Church eight years ago it was Msgr. William Smith papers, videos and lectures that help guide me through some many "hot button" issues that I was wrestling with.

We have lost some strong faithful Catholic intellectuals lately: Cardinal Dulles, Fr. Neuhaus and now Msgr Smith. May a new strong crop raise up to fill their seats.

They all can rest in the peace and glory of the Most Holy Trinity.

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