Fame

Richard John Neuhaus today on fame:

In an informal conversation after the lecture, one of the students asked [Paul] Tillich what it felt like to be famous. “Famous?” he responded. “I’m not famous. My idea of being famous is that I get into a New York taxi and the driver turns around and says, ‘Aren’t you Professor Tillich?’ That has never happened to me.” Some years ago I got into a taxi and the driver asked, “Aren’t you Father Neuhaus?” Ah, I thought, this is it. Then the driver explained that his sister-in-law is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception, the church where I regularly say Mass, and she had complained to him about my too long homilies. Sic transit gloria.

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