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CWN author under fire-- literally!

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 23, 2004

Regular readers of Catholic World Report may remember Father Paul Shaughnessy, SJ, as the author of "The Gay Priest Problem," one of the most provocative articles we've ever published in the magazine. Father Shaughnessy took a lot of flak for speaking out boldly on a topic that most people, to this day, prefer to avoid.

But he's taking a lot more flak now: as a Marine chaplain under fire in Najaf.

Please take a moment to say a prayer for the safety of an exemplary Jesuit, and of the men he serves.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 27, 2004 7:10 PM ET USA

    What?! A Jesuit being spoken well of? Certainly! There is no more complex ministry than that of a military chaplain .. blessing to you, Fr. Shaunghnessy, SJ!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 26, 2004 6:08 AM ET USA

    How I pray Father Shaughnessy was our Holy Father! Now is the time for such brave Priests to come to the aid of the Church before it too becomes like a "cemetery in Najaf." I pray in all my parish masses for our soldiers, and read the list of the killed-in-action every week. We cannot forget the heroic effort our soldiers are enduring in Iraq and Afghanistan. My Uncle Fred died May 14, 1945 on a beach in Okinawa; I have not yet met him, but I will never forget his sacrifice. Semper Fidelis!

  • Posted by: Remigius - Aug. 24, 2004 6:16 PM ET USA

    I went through Naval Chaplain School with Fr. Paul and I can attest that he is a brave and devoted son of the Church, and of St. Ignatius. If you read this, Paul, Bravo Zulus from your buddy Fr. Gerry Murray. God Bless you and the men you serve in Najaf.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 24, 2004 11:32 AM ET USA

    Ditto verax! I served with Fr. Shaughnessy in 3d Marine Division in Okinawa and there was not a finer, more respected and admired chaplain on the island. His moral courage was unmatched. His physical stamina easily matched that of Marines half his age much to their chagrin. He went everywhere they went to include 20+ mile marches and field exercises in rain or shine. A genuine "field" chaplain that Marines actually wanted to be with. May God protect him & his Marines. Semper Fi

  • Posted by: - Aug. 24, 2004 2:05 AM ET USA


  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 24, 2004 12:44 AM ET USA

    Thank you, Father Shaughnessy, SJ. I pray every day at Mass for you and for all who put themselves in harm's way (military, firefighters, police officers...) in protecting the lives of others. God bless you all. Semper Fi.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 10:21 PM ET USA

    If we had some masculine leadership in the R.C. Church, Father Shaughnessy would long since have been made a Cardinal and given a major metropolitan see in recognition of his CWR article. Likewise, Phil would have been given charge of l'Osservatore Romano for publishing it. But, as the Holy Communion for public sinners matter has conclusively proved, we have precious few real leaders and lots of gummy bears.