Final Words from Catholic and Enjoying It

Final Words from Catholic and Enjoying It December 31, 2015

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  • Ken Crawford

    God bless you Mark in your future endeavors. I’ve been a reader since before your book writing hiatus. You have challenged me repeatedly to follow Christ more closely. I thank you for your service to Christ.

    Now what are we supposed to do?

  • Julian Barkin

    Hello Mark,

    I am saddened to see you ending your blog. A couple of times, you have come to my aid and given me a shout out, and I am thankful for that.

    However, Mark, it seems that we are not leading into Star Wars Episode IV, but rather Episode V, the Empire Strikes back. With you, and your colleague the Crescat leaving the blogosphere, that is two key voices who were decrying the sick, even Satanic actions of the radical traditionalist faction, who has a sizeable online reach and power it seems (see. the “Rosicagate” crisis from Toronto with Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light TV for proof). Every key voice that leaves the blogosphere, means one more inch of power that these people get, and more exposure they will have upon the “good” Catholics.

    Still, I understand your reasoning, and it is a good reason to move on. All the best Mark Shea. Thank yo for the good holy works you did, even between the rocky patches at times. You will me missed.

    We do need another Mark Shea to come to the blogging fray though. Pax Tibi Christi.

    • Des Farrell

      I’m not sure if the radtrads really are that influential, although perhaps it’s different in the US. A lot of stuff gets blown way out of proportion on the good old interweb. But maybe I’m wrong.
      Mark I look forward to your radio show, articles, books, T-shirt and mugs but not the Facebook puns. On those I join the chorus of disapprovers.

  • Chris W

    As Mr. Hope would say, “Thanks… for the memories…”

  • Mike

    I am sad to see you go. I learned so much from your posts. I’ll miss you!

  • Varenius

    Did I miss somehing? I don’t recall Mark writing that he was closing shop…

    Now what are we supposed to do?

  • Steve

    With much gratitude, Mark, for your thought-provoking writing. May God bless you and your family in 2016 and for many more years to come.

  • Steve

    By the way, for those first few seconds I thought you’d concocted an elaborate ruse, and you were just sending us to the Star Wars Holiday Special. must be the Year of Mercy…

  • Marthe Lépine

    Maybe I am not the only one of your readers who really needs to know:
    Is this blog be suddenly completely erased from Patheos, and if so, when? Or are we going to be able for a while to go back and read some of your opinions and comments?
    If the blog is going to disappear from Patheos, would it still be possible to go back to it through your web site?
    You will be very much missed, but I understand that you need to turn to other projects. On the other hand, would there be some kind of newsletter we could subscribe in order to keep up to date on your other activities? It does not have to be fancy, just things like “my new book came out”, or “I will be coming to your area to give a talk at (time) in (name of venue).
    In the meantime, I wish you and your family a happy new year and all the success possible.

  • Joe

    Lot’s of luck, Mark. Thank you for all you do.

  • anna lisa

    So sad! Thanks for all the great, eye opening blog posts. Thanks for making me laugh and for going out in geeky glory. 😀

  • MarylandBill

    Best of luck Mark. Hope you change your mind some day.

  • Dave G.

    Goodbye Mark. I thank you for the generosity you showed me and my family early on, and the help you gave us as we journeyed into the Faith. As our own journey continues along its paths, I’ll continue to remember the old days of the blog and your writings and how it was back in the day. I wish you and your ever growing family all the best and God’s blessings and abundant grace. I won’t be following over to the Register.

  • Cas

    God bless, Mark. Thank you so much for everything. I have benefited immensely from your writing for the last several years. This blog will be sorely missed, but everything runs its course eventually, and it sounds like you have some exciting projects and opportunities in the works. Good luck with all of your future endeavors. I’ll keep an eye out for you on Facebook and at the Register!

  • 3vil5triker .

    I caught wind of your blog at the tail end of its lifetime. During that relatively short period I found myself agreeing with a lot of what you said and disagreeing at other times, but I always felt I came out of the exchange learning something.

    You will be missed.
    Best of luck in your new endeavors!

  • Anna

    I’ll miss you; thanks for all the great, sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking reading over the years!

  • antigon

    Given how relieved Mr. Trump is that thy blog won’t be around this coming year, sure you don’t want to change your mind?
    Suspect not. May we, oremus, all meet merrily in Heaven then, Mr. Shea, & Deo volente even again on occasion this side of the vale.

  • God bless you, Mark. I’ve really, really appreciated your writing over the years. I remember once your asking us all what good your blog was doing (if any), and I said that it was like hanging out at a bar listening and talking to an interesting guy while we discussed pretty much anything. I’ve always felt like that, and always appreciated what you’ve had to say. Your writing helped me and at least two of my best friends become Catholic. Thank you.

    Good luck with your next bit of work.

  • Great sendoff, Mark! Hope to see you on the Register and on Facebook (now that I’ve learned how to navigate Facebook)

    Do you remember how I was your first commenter when you moved to Patheos? I’d love to also be your last. Don’t know how that will work out. Maybe if everyone after me just replied to my comment? . . .

    This has been such fun! Thanks to our host and all of you.

    • Andy

      So the first can be last? OK. Mark a wonderful and fitting leave-taking. I shall miss you and your trenchant commentary as well as your more humorous and familial commentary. Thank you again for reminding me that being a Catholic is not a political position nor an endorsement of capitalism or socialism, and that economics is a matter of opinion – at least many of your commenters showed me this – and not in the least a science. Thank you and I will miss reading you first thing in the morning.

  • Gunnar Thalweg

    Best of luck, but it’s not like you’ll be hard to find.

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    • chezami

      I suck.

  • Well done, and we’ll miss you! Good luck with everything, and happy New Year!

  • Neil Leslie

    I feel a great disturbance in The Force, as if millions of blog readers cried out in disappointment and were suddenly silent. However, you know better than any of us what is best for you and your family. May God bless you in all your future endeavors, Mark. You can be sure we’ll be stopping in at the Register from time to time. Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum, from a warm and fuzzy Traditionalist.

  • Sue Korlan

    I will certainly miss you here, and all the people who are your regular contributors. May you be blessed in all you do.

  • David

    My gratitude for your work! My respect to you. God love you.

  • Peggy R

    Thank you and God bless you and yours.

    Thanks to all of you commenters that made it fun and challenging.

    Best wishes to all of you in the New Year.

  • Barbara Bowman

    Mark, I look forward to continuing to reading you on the Register. But I also have to say, “thank you,” for posting prayer requests. When my grandson, Sam, was so terribly sick with leukemia a little over two years ago, you were so kind not only to post one time, but two, and your generous readers helped out our family so much. Sam passed away at age twelve in October of 2013, but I know that he prays for everyone who helped his family through a dreadful time of suffering. Sam made his purgatory in a hospital bed, and I know that he will continue to pray for you.

  • Claire Modie

    I must admit my initial reaction was “NOOOOOOOOOO”, but I see I can continue to follow you at the Register. You have sent out a prayer request for me in the past, and I am so grateful. Yours has been a fruitful ministry for our Lord. I praise God for this blog and I am thankful to have found it years ago when I did. 🙂

  • Ken

    This blog was a regular destination for me. I will miss this blog. God bless in your future endeavors.

  • tj.nelson

    You are probably one of the very few bloggers I NEVER criticized. I appreciate your friendship and kindness – especially to people like me. Best wishes and prayers.

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    • chezami

      God bless you, friend!

  • thisismattwade

    Dang! I’ve been reading you since 2009 (I think), but I was just thinking this morning that I’d like to read more at the National Catholic Register. Your move to their platform will be a welcome incentive. The ads and distractions on Patheos were getting to be too much, and honestly you’re the only reason I come to this website. I won’t be sad to see that part go. I will have to figure out a way to get NCR linked over at my homepage. I look forward to continuing to read your commentary (still so desperately needed in our church), and I hope the time this move frees up with bless us all with more of your insights.

    God bless you and your family in this new year! And God bless all of the fellow readers I’ve debated and discussed with over these years!

  • Matt Talbot

    Blessings and Godspeed, Mark. You’re one of my heroes.

  • ivan_the_mad

    I shall miss CAEI, but anticipate eagerly your further ventures at NCR and elsewhere!

  • Newp Ort

    Well, shit.

  • Hmmm… Patheos Catholic really seems to be clearing out recently. Elizabeth Scalia, Simcha Fischer, Mark Shea.

    I wonder if it’s more than coincidence.

    • chezami

      Can’t speak for anybody else but in my case, my departure is for the reason I state: I have a big project coming up this year and I have to make room in my schedule somewhere. 14 years of blogging is pretty grueling and I needed to cut back . So this seemed like a good time. Nothing to do with Lizzie or Simcha. Sometimes coincidences are just coincidences.