Monday, June 12, 2006

The Mark Shea - Fr. Rob Travelling Apologopolooza

What happens when two fat Catholic guys, one of them a famous author and apologist, and the other a not-quite-so-famous priest and author, get together in Western Michigan? Well, all kinds of hijinks!

Mark was here last Wednesday through Saturday, and Mark gave several talks, and we had all kinds of fun!

On Thursday, Mark and I had lunch with Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute and the promising new Proto-Oratory of St. Philip Neri (which had two new priests ordained last month).

Fr. Sirico and I have been friends for a number of years - it was largely due to him that I am now a priest of the diocese of Kalamazoo - and he and Mark both wanted to meet each other: So here we are, as Mark said, proving that we really are part of a Catholic neo-con conspiracy:

Lunch?... Or Catholic Neo-Con Cabal?

Also joining Mark, Fr. Sirico, and myself were Fr. Christian Johnston (front left), a recently-ordained Kalamazoo priest who is a rising young member of the Catholic neo-con clerical cabal, and Br. Basil (back left), who has lately joined the Oratory, and is therefore also to be suspected.

On Thursday night, Mark gave his "DaVinci Deception" talk, and told us why Dan Brown's book, and Opie's lugubrious movie adaptation, will make you much dumber than you are already.

"Dan Brown Thinks You're Stooopid"

Mark dazzled us with his wit and erudition, and a good time was had by all.

More photos and zany antics later!