Four Things I Didn’t Expect

…from my apology the other day: 1. Reconciliation with Steve Kellmeyer, who was the soul of graciousness in my comboxes. 2. Hearing from a dear friend who, unbeknownst to me, had been hurt by me being an idiot. That meant a lot too. 3. At least two pieces on the web, here (from the typically [Read More…]


There’s no way on earth I can thank all the people who responded to my apology, so please let this stand as my thanks to everybody who wrote with such mercy and kindness.  My wife asked how I was yesterday.  I told her I was waiting to see if the incision healed without infection.  Some [Read More…]

Last Saturday

Spent the morning reading and then doing the autopsy on this Christmas’ piece of Catholic-bashing literary sewage, A Testament of Mary.  Synopsis: verbally gifted Irish ex-Catholic uses Mary as a sock puppet for pouring out all his bitterness at the Catholic Church.  Our Chattering Classes think this will “forever transform our view of Mary”.  File under: [Read More…]

Something else to be grateful for…

Patrick Leahy retracting the latest attempt to turn the US into the USSR. Well done, Sen. Leahy. [Read more…]

Deep and Sincere Thanks!

All of us at Chez Shea want to thank youse guys for your amazing and beautiful generosity to us during the recent Tin Cup Rattle. We are, I hope, out of the woods for the nonce and, I hope, will not have to do this again (God willing) ever. I hate having to do them. [Read More…]

Had a lovely weekend!

Drove down to Enumclaw (past “Flaming Geyser Park” a name that evokes wonder and curiosity) and got the guys from a week long Scout camp. Worked on an Afterword for By What Authority? (it’s being revised and expanded and re-published in a new edition by Ignatius) as Jan did the driving. Then we headed north [Read More…]

Amazing Nuns, How Sweet the Sound…

Catholic Herald (UK) writer Mary O’Regan is now doing a story on Amazing Nuns, who are still living. If you know of someone you would like to mention, the best way is to add a comment in the web page at the link. If that is a problem you can email her. [Read more…]

Wow! God bless Bishop Ma!

At his Episcopal ordination in Shanghai the other day: Thaddeus Ma Daqin refused the imposition of hands from an excommunicated bishop, and publicly renounced his membership in the Patriotic Association. With officials of same right there. If you are looking for a hero, look at him. [Read more…]

Good Things You Don’t See Every Day

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Thanks be to God for good Nuns!

like these Franciscans! [Read more…]