Ralph Matthew McInerny (February 24, 1929 – January 29, 2010) was an American author and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. McInerny was a [1 ] Roman Catholic and the creator of the popular [2 ] Father Dowling Mysteries books. He sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin and Monica Quill. He died of [3 ] esophageal cancer on January 29, 2010. [4 ] Academic career [edit ]
McInerny wrote his PhD dissertation entitled
The Existential Dialectic of Soren Kierkegaard under Professor Charles De Koninck at Laval University (Quebec). He was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Jacques Maritain Center, and Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame until his retirement in June, 2009. McInerny was also a Fulbright Scholar, receiving educational funds from the Fulbright Commission Belgium. He served as President of the Metaphysical Society of America in 1993. [5 ] [6 ]
McInerny's brother Dennis, also a philosophy professor, believes that his brother's greatest legacy is not to be found in his novels, but in his adherence to Scholastic/Thomistic beliefs.
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/remembering-ralph-mcinerny Bibliography [edit ] Fiction [edit ] Father Dowling [edit ] Her Death of Cold (1977) Bishop as Pawn (1978) The Seventh Station (1977) Lying Three (1979) The Second Vespers (1980) Thicker Than Water (1981) A Loss of Patients (1982) The Grass Widow (1983) Getting a Way with Murder (1984) Rest in Pieces (1985) The Basket Case (1987) Slight of Body (1989; aka Abracadaver) Four on the Floor (1989) Judas Priest (1991) Desert Sinner (1992) Seed of Doubt (1993) A Cardinal Offense (1994) The Tears of Things (1996) Grave Undertakings (2000) Triple Pursuit (2001) Prodigal Father (2002) Last Things (2003) Requiem for a Realtor (2004) Blood Ties (2005) The Prudence of Flesh (2006) The Widow's Mate (2007) Ash Wednesday (2008) The Wisdom of Father Dowling (2009) Stained Glass (2009) Sister Mary Teresa (all as by Monica Quill) [edit ] Not a Blessed Thing (1981) Let Us Prey (1982) And Then There Was Nun (1984) Nun of the Above (1985) Sine Qua Nun (1986) The Veil of Ignorance (1988) Sister Hood (1991) Nun Plussed (1993) Half Past Nun (1997) Death Takes the Veil (2001) Andrew Broom [edit ] Cause and Effect (1987) Body and Soil (1989) Savings and Loam (1990) Mom and Dead (1994) Law and Ardor (1995) Heirs and Parents (2000) Notre Dame [edit ] On This Rockne (1997) Lack of the Irish (1998) Irish Tenure (1999) The Book of Kills (2000) Emerald Aisle (2001) Celt and Pepper (2002) Irish Coffee (2003) Green Thumb (2004) Irish Gilt (2005) The Letter Killeth (2006) Irish Alibi (2007) The Green Revolution (2008) Sham Rock (2010) Egidio Manfredi [edit ] Still Life (2000) Sub Rosa (2001) Rosary Chronicles [edit ] The Third Revelation (2009) Relic of Time (2009) Other novels [edit ] Jolly Rogerson (1967) A Narrow Time (1969) The Priest (1973) The Gate of Heaven (1975) Rogerson at Bay (1976) Romanesque (1977) Spinnaker (1978) Quick as a Dodo (1978) Connolly's Life (1983) The Noonday Devil (1985) Leave of Absence (1986) Frigor Mortis (1989) (as by Edward Mackin) (1990) The Nominative Case Easeful Death (1991) The Search Committee (1991) Infra Dig (1992) The Red Hat (1998) As Good As Dead (2002) The Ablative Case (2003) Slattery (2004) Collections [edit ] Thou Shalt Not Kill: Father Brown, Father Dowling And Other Ecclesiastical Sleuths (with G. K. Chesterton and John Mortimer) (1992) Good Knights (2009) Poetry [edit ] The Soul of Wit: Some Poems (2005) Anthologies edited [edit ] Non-Fiction [edit ] Philosophy and theology [edit ] A History of Western Philosophy with A. Robert Caponigri (1963 - 1971) New Themes in Christian Philosophy (1969) Thomism in an Age of Renewal (1969) St. Thomas Aquinas (1977) Miracles: A Catholic View (1986) Art and Prudence: Studies in the Thought of Jacques Maritain (1988) A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists (1990) Aquinas on Human Action: A Theory of Practice (1992) The Question of Christian Ethics, Washington: Catholic University of America Press (1993) Aquinas Against the Averroists: On There Being Only One Intellect (1993) An Uncertain Legacy: Essays on the Pursuit of Liberty (edited by Edward B. McLean; includes an essay, "Medieval: The Grand Synthesis", by McInerny) (1997) Ethica Thomistica: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Washington: Catholic University of America Press (1997) What Went Wrong with Vatican II?: The Catholic Crisis Explained (1998) Aquinas and Analogy, Washington: Catholic University of America Press (1999) Praeambula Fidei, Washington: Catholic University of America Press (2006) Dante and the Blessed Virgin (2010) Biography [edit ] The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain: A Spiritual Life (2003) I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You: My Life and Pastimes (2006) Some Catholic Writers (2006) The Defamation of Pope Pius XII (2001) Instruction [edit ] Let's Write a Novel (1993) Let's Write Short Stories (1993) Let's Read Latin: Introduction to the Language of the Church (1995) Characters in Search of Their Author: The Gifford Lectures, 1999–2000 (delivered at the University of Glasgow) (2001) References [edit ] ^ Weber, Bruce (February 16, 2010). "Ralph McInerny, Scholar and Mystery Novelist, Dies at 80". www.nytimes.com . Retrieved 2010-02-16. ^ Obituary , February 16, 2010. New York Times ^ Obituary , 7 February 2010. Los Angeles Times ^ Joseph Bottum, "Ralph McInerny (1929–2010)", First Things, January 29, 2010 ^ Biography of Ralph McInerny – Notre Dame Website ^ McInerny, Ralph. "Is Obama Worth a Mass?" Column for The Catholic Thing, March 23, 2009. External links [edit ]